Don't Jump

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 07:56 AM

There's a public art exhibition opening next week in New York City that has me a bit concerned.

It's called Event Horizon, and it consists of 31 life-size human figures made of iron and fiberglass. The forms will stand on pathways and sidewalks in the Madison Square Park area of the city. That's intriguing, and sort of George Segal-esque. The troubling part is that several of the figures will be perched on area rooftops. And the artist, Antony Gormley, says he wants to get the sculptures as close to the edge of the building as possible.

Now, I don't know about you, but if I saw what looked like a human being standing close to the edge of a building, I wouldn't take the time to inspect and discover that it's a piece of sculpture. I would call the police. And I don't think I'm alone.

I know that art is often provocative. Great art sometimes makes me uncomfortable. But I have to draw the line when art makes me call 911.

I am curious to see how it goes over, how my fellow New Yorkers will react. What would you do?

—Cary Barbor


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I'm kind of glad I read this before stumbling across these. It WOULD be disturbing to see one of these forms perched on the edge of a rooftop. I'm not sure I understand what the artist is going for, but I'll keep an eye out for this.

Mar. 16 2010 09:58 PM
Nicole Gilfert

I think that it is truly intriguing. Art is suppose evoke emotion and as they say you must truly love something or truly hate something in order for it to be great. If it were just OK then you have failed! Possibly people will not like it, but that is what makes it so special. If the statue were just on the sidewalk it wouldn't really speak out ,would it? By lingering on a rooftop makes the statue shout out, "look at me!". Hey, it's better than having the artist stand there on the edge! I've known some to do installations by killing themselves to prove a great art piece so in retrospect, these statues are playing it safe on his part.

Mar. 16 2010 09:57 AM

I had the chance to see Event Horizon in London few years ago..It's a fantastic show... To me it was like a our psyche landed on the city's roof-scape in a solid form. I hope he is also installing "blind light" somewhere. Don't shy away from it..Instead of calling 911, call your friends and look up..I'd love to hear Kurt having an interview with Mr. Gormley and commenting on this exhibit. I am an ocean and a continent away, but follow each and every show. Thanks !

Mar. 16 2010 08:23 AM

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