There's A Giant Swimming Pool Ear In Rockefeller Center

There's A Giant Swimming Pool Ear In Rockefeller Center

SCANDINAVIAN ARTISTS ELMGREEN & DRAGSET TEAMED UP WITH PUBLIC ART FUND FOR A MODERN SCULPTURE THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO VAN GOGH

SCANDINAVIAN ARTISTS ELMGREEN & DRAGSET TEAMED UP WITH PUBLIC ART FUND FOR A MODERN SCULPTURE THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO VAN GOGH

Text: Layla Ilchi

On an especially dreary, rainy morning, as New Yorkers hurried places under their umbrellas, a group of spectators crowded around the newest art installation at Rockefeller Plaza: an upright swimming pool that resembles an ear. The Public Art Fund- and Tishman Speyer-commissioned piece serves as a tribute to Van Goghthe painter who (allegedly) cut his own ear off. The artists behind the towering sculpture, Berlin-based creatives Elmgreen & Dragset, were inspired by a California-in-the-'50s aesthetic.

We like to work in environments where we use a sort of displacement, said Michael Elmgreen, at the press opening this morning. A swimming pool is certainly not something belonging to Rockefeller Plaza because it’ s busy and it has more of an east coast atmosphere.

The duo is no stranger to creating unusual works for public spaces. They are most well known for Prada Marfa, the lonely Prada store they designed for a secluded desert town in Texas. You've likely seen pictures. This piece however aims to combine the abstract with the mundane: a curved modern sculpture from the back and an everyday object from the front.

We’ re very interested in the public space, said Ingar Dragset. We feel it’ s the place that art meets people who don’ t seek the art experience, so it makes for a more surprising encounter.

The installation will be on view at the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center from April 13th to June 3rd.

VAN GOGH'S EAR, 2016. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JASON WYCHE FOR PUBLIC ART FUND.

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