Photo by myself in Madison Square Park.
Looking very much like people about to jump off buildings, the installation called 'Event Horizon' is attracting attention, skywards.
31 bronze life-sized statues have been placed around Madison Square Park, many looking down from rooftops. One statue placed on the Empire State Building had the fire department rushing to the scene, thinking it was someone about to jump.
The human figure is unmistakable, even from such a distance. Seeing these statues in such unlikely areas is striking.
'Event Horizon' coincides with a video installation held in the same area, called 'Surveillance'. Video cameras have been placed around the park and giant tv screens display the live feed. To onlookers, it seems like one massive installation. One could imagine the bronze statues bearing video cameras.
A video installation by Ernie Gehr runs until May 15.
'Event Horizon' continues through the summer until August 15. For an article in the Times, click here.
'Surveillance' ends May 15th. For more about it on the Madison Square Park website, click here.
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