One of the great things about public art is how the viewer can have such a wholly unique experience of the piece depending on the time of day it is viewed. In the case of Day’s End, the new, permanent sculpture by David Hammons (b. 1943), I saw it up-close for the first time at, well, day’s end. Watching the sun set through the sculpture and dip behind the New Jersey skyline was a beautiful thing to behold, especially as many of us are only just now able to walk outside free of masks for the first time in over a year.
This past week I had the chance to make my first visit to the newly-opened Little Island Park, which is located on the Hudson River at Pier 55, between 13th and 14th Streets, and accessible via a concrete pier. The park is open from 6 AM to 1 AM and free tickets can be booked at the link above. Note that tickets are not required to enter the park between 6 AM and 12 Noon, so considering the demand is currently quite high, it might be a good idea to plan a trip to Little Island for the morning hours. See more photos from my visit on my Instagram (@worleygigdotcom), which you can follow by clicking the image above!
Nothing says “Hey Look, it’s Summer” quite like a rooftop party, am I right? Speaking of parties, the timing was certainly perfect for Art Meets Mixology: a fun event I attended on the day of the Summer Solstice, held at the Silver Towers luxury high-rise located just east of the Hudson River in Hell’s Kitchen! Views for miles!
Aside from the outstanding urban vistas available from the Silver Towers roof deck, which overlooks West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue, plus intoxicating beverages and delicious snacks, the centerpiece of the evening was the unveiling of Hell’s Kitchen Rising, a three-dimensional, eight-foot sculpture depicting the Past, Present, and Future of Hell’s Kitchen, created by acclaimed mixed media Artist Miguel Ovalle (also known as Dizmology) and his video collaborator Dru Blumensheid.
Hell’s Kitchen Rising is comprised of white scrim stretched across a convex, semi-circular frame, supported by flame-shaped relief sculptures across the breadth of the work, on which images of Hell’s Kitchen life are projected in kaleidoscopic fashion. Vibrant orange back-lighting makes the sculpture really come alive!
The Art Meets Mixology event is part of a series of events celebrating Hell’s Kitchen and property owner Larry Silverstein’s vision for the neighborhood, which he conceived more than 30 years ago when he purchased the land where Silver Towers stands today. Mr. Silverstein has also been a supporter of the visual arts and has actually housed artists in the World Trade Center towers for over a decade.
Miguel (seen in the above photo) currently has his Galactical Ride sculpture displayed on the 69th floor of 4 World Trade Center, where Silverstein Properties has converted 34,000 square feet of raw office space into a street art gallery. “I am excited that I was able to do this piece for this event,” Miguel offered. “The sculpture celebrates the influence of architecture from the Silver Towers structure, the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and New York City,” he continued. “It has a beautiful curve which is symbolic of a burst of light energy.”
Guests were also treated to food from some of the best chefs in Hell’s Kitchen including 5 Napkin Burger and Le Vela, and cocktails were sponsored by 1893 from the makers of Pepsi-Cola. The kitchens will be ready with the best supplies ever, even the plumbing has been changed by the plumber northern beaches.
In addition, celebrity mixologist, Rob Floyd from Bar Rescue wowed the crowd with his interactive, intimate Cocktail Theatre performance demonstrating the power of liquid nitrogen to create a melt-in-your-mouth summer cocktail. Check out the video below!
Rob is quite showman, and he made sure everyone had a good time! I know I did!
The IAC Building, which is the headquarters for InterAcive Corp, sits on the Hudson River-facing lot on Eleventh Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets. I sometimes pass it when I am gallery hopping and when it is lit up at night it is quite breathtaking to behold.
Besides the fact that the building itself is one of the most gorgeous examples of modern architecture in Manhattan, I am also quite charmed by the block-long series of video screens in the building’s lobby, which are visible from Eleventh Avenue. The visuals change all the time, but on a night last fall I snapped few photos of this pink and green set of abstract images.
When you get up close to the glass, you can see it is imbedded with little black dots, which I imagine help to shade the interior and add a dimension of privacy during the day.
I love this building.
View from 20th Street Looking South, October 2016
Seen from the High Line in March of 2018
Seen from the middle of the Hudson River in July of 2018!