the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
A PIECE OF MANHATTAN SKY
a public sculpture
Thursday, September 11, 2003 - Thursday, September 18, 2003
Meet the artist on Sept. 11, 8AM - 7PM
Foley Square (at 60 Centre Street), New York, NY
Hours: 9AM - 7PM, Subway: 4,5,6,J,M,Z to Brooklyn Bridge;1,2,3,9,A,C to Chambers St.; N,R to City Hall
Marek Sulek, an internationally recognized Polish conceptual artist, is presenting an interactive exhibit in Lower Manhattan. The sculptural environment will stand in northern Foley Square in the midst of Federal, State and City structures. It invites us to enter and contemplate the changing hues and our changing feelings about that downtown sky.
A Piece of Manhattan Sky is a large sculptural object (base: 11 ft by 14 ft; height: 16 ft), at first glance resembling a monolith, with its silent, darkened entrance, but with an interior that affords a unique environment for meditation, with a view of the sky. Thick, sound-absorbent walls, as well as the shape and dimensions of the interior, make it possible for viewers who enter the sculpture individually to observe in peace and quiet - and relate to - something they usually have no time to notice. This is no mere skylight, but a window that can link the inner life of the individual with the essence of our universe. As a work of conceptual art, this "sanctuary" is a perfect antidote to the implications of Ground Zero.
The Polish Cultural Institute wishes to thank Ms. Krystyna Piorkowska for her invaluable support.
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