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Monumental Sculptures By Tony Cragg on The Park Avenue Malls

Runner By Tony Cragg
All Photos By Gail

It’s not always easy to keep up with all of the Public Art installed in and around Manhattan at any given time, but I stumbled on the piece above, a towering, abstract white and cream fiberglass structure entitled Runner (2017), by sculptor Tony Cragg, when I visited the Park Avenue Armory for Nick Cave’s The Let Go installion. Runner is right out front of the Armory at the corner of 67th Street. When I left the Armory, I snapped a few additional shots of Runner before heading back down town.

Runner (gebogen), 2017, Park Avenue at East 67th Street

Runner is one of five monumental, abstract sculptures by Cragg, which present an opportunity for a leisurely stroll over nearly 20 blocks on this almost suburban Manhattan thoroughfare. The commanding sculptures exemplify Cragg’s experimentation with a variety of materials include the aforementioned fiberglass, stainless steel and bronze.

Runner (gebogen), 2017, Park Avenue at East 67th Street

Runner with the Park Avenue Armory in the Background.

Runner (gebogen), 2017, Park Avenue at East 67th Street

Runner (gebogen), 2017, Park Avenue at East 67th Street
Runner, Detail

On the 4th of July, I decided to get some exercise and walk from 52nd to 79th Streets to check out the other four Cragg sculptures. Please enjoy my photos!

Mean Average, 2013, Park Avenue at East 52nd Street

Mean Average, at 52nd Street, is a weighty composition made of bronze.

Mean Average, 2013, Park Avenue at East 52nd Street

I tried to shoot each of the sculptures from a variety of angles.

Mean Average, 2013, Park Avenue at East 52nd Street

You can get such a different impression of the work, depending on your perspective.

Elliptical Column, 2012, Park Avenue at East 57th Street

Elliptical Column at 57th Street is a nearly 20-foot tall spire made of shiny, almost liquid-like stainless steel.

Elliptical Column, 2012, Park Avenue at East 57th Street

Elliptical Column, 2012, Park Avenue at East 57th Street

Hammerhead, 2017, Park Avenue at East 72nd Street

The same white and cream fiberglass used for Runner is also used for Hammerhead at  72nd Street, and the brightness allows the sculpture to really pop against the surrounding landscape.

Hammerhead, 2017, Park Avenue at East 72nd Street

Hammerhead, 2017, Park Avenue at East 72nd Street

Tommy, 2013, Park Avenue at East 79th Street

At 79th Street, the artist uses bronze again for Tommy, which has a blue-green patina. The vertical forms seemingly defy gravity while giving the impression of upward motion and kinetic energy, though they are static.

Tommy, 2013, Park Avenue at East 79th Street

This exhibition is presented in association with the Fund for Park Avenue  and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Tony Cragg’s Monumental Sculptures will be on Exhibit along Manhattan’s Park Avenue Malls at the intersections of 52nd Street, 57th Street, 67th Street, 72nd Street, and 79th Streets Through October 31st, 2018.

Must See Art: Voice Tunnel by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Park Ave Tunnel Entrance
Geoffrey (Far Left) is Excited About Entering the Voice Tunnel (All Photos By Gail)

New York Art Fans and Urban Adventurists are running out of time to visit one of NYC’s most unique temporary art events, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Voice Tunnel, which takes place in the Park Avenue South Tunnel between 33rd and 40th Streets for just one more Saturday! Geoffrey and I stopped by this past Saturday and really enjoyed ourselves.

Voice Tunnel Lights
“Jam-Bah-Lai-Ya!”

Voice Tunnel is an interactive light and sound installation which transforms the 1,400 foot long Park Avenue Tunnel with 300 theatrical spotlights that produce glimmering arches of light along the tunnel’s walls and ceiling. Participants are able to influence the intensity of each light by speaking into a special intercom at the tunnel’s center which records their voice and loops it. Louder speech will increase the lights’ brightness proportionally, creating a Morse-like code of flashes throughout the tunnel. The individual voices will be heard as pedestrians walk through the tunnel, on 150 loudspeakers, one beside each light arch and synchronized with it.

At any given time, the tunnel will be illuminated by the voices of the past 90 participants: as new participants speak into the intercom, older recordings will get pushed away by one position down the array of light fixtures until they leave the tunnel, so that the content of the piece is changing constantly.

Voice Tunnel Lights 2

Please note that there are brief periods — though no more than few seconds each — of absolute darkness at regular intervals, so if you have a fear of darkness or a claustrophobia problem maybe this is not going to be for you. I found it exciting! If I couldn’t see well enough to walk forward, I just stood still for few seconds until the waves of light started up again.

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Here we are exiting the tunnel at Park Avenue South and East 40th Street, not far from the MET Life Building and Grand Central Station.

Admission is free, but you need to get your hand stamped for entrance and everyone entering Voice Tunnel has to sign a waiver granting tunnel operators the right to use your likeness in any publicity associated with the project, so if you’re wanted by the FEDs maybe you want to skip this one. Here are some other guidelines to keep in mind:

Voice Tunnel Rules

Voice Tunnel is open for one more Saturday only: August 17th, from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Admission to Voice Tunnel is limited, so try to arrive early for a better chance of entry. It is recommended that participants arrive no later than 11:00 AM. DOT may close the line at its discretion. Enter the line at 32nd Street – exit at 33rd or 40th Street. No large bags, pets, bicycles, skateboards or roller skates. Strollers will be permitted. Bike valet is available at 32nd Street. When we visited, the line stretched up 32nd Street to Lexington Avenue and 34th Street, but our wait time was under 30 minutes. Sponsored by Summer Streets and the NYC DOT. Don’t Miss It!