Giant Sculptures Set to Be Installed on Park Avenue

By Alan Neuhauser on December 4, 2013 7:01am 

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 Seven sculptures "meditating on the ramifications of technology" by the artist Alice Aycock will be placed on the avenue's medians in Midtown in February 2014.
'Paper Chase' to Debut on Park Avenue
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MIDTOWN —The chase is on along Park Avenue.

Seven sculptures offering "meditations on the ramifications of technology" will be placed on the avenue's medians in Midtown in February, the city's Parks Department said.

The matte-white pieces — titled "Paper Chase" and crafted by artist Alice Aycock who teaches at the School of Visual Arts — will be placed at intersections between 52nd and 57th streets, and also at 66th Street. Some will measure as long as 22 feet and as tall as 25 feet.

They "try to realize the movement of wind energy" using "wave" and "random whirlpool" shapes meant to evoke "wheels, turbines, references to energy," Aycock said in a statement.

The sculptures are scheduled to be installed overnight at the end of February but officially open the first week of March. They will remain on display until the end of June.

The work, which were specifically made for the avenue, "plays on the movement of uptown and downtown traffic patterns," Parks Department public art coordinator Jennifer Lantzas said, noting its "random haphazard quality."

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