new york's iconic buildings as contorted sculptures by alexandre arrechea
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jan 30, 2013
new york's iconic buildings as contorted sculptures by alexandre arrechea


a maquette of the empire building to be produced as a ten foot sculpture as part of ‘no limit’ exhibition by alexandre arrechea, new york city
stainless steel

40 x 25 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (101.6 x 65.4 x 29.8 cm)
all images courtesy magnan metz gallery

 

 

alexandre arrechea: no limit
park avenue malls, new york
on from march 1st through to june 9th, 2013

 

beginning march 1st, park avenue will be lined with 10 monumental sculptures of iconic new york buildings by cuban artist alexandre arrechea
as part of his ‘no limit’ site-specific installation backed by the magnan metz gallery. the pieces – including the chrysler building, citicorp center,
empire state building, flatiron building, helmsley building, metlife building, metropolitan life insurance company tower, seagram building,
sherry netherland, and the US courthouse – will in some cases reach up to 20 feet tall, reinterpreted into new foreign elastic forms that investigate
the traditional role of icons in society. the rigid towers are made fluid, as if rolled out from the snail-like base, representing the rather relative
sociopolitical and sociocultural values that rise and fall with the economy.

 

 

chrysler (maquette), 2012 stainless steel
39 1/4 x 16 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches (99.7 x 42.5 x 18.4 cm)
AP1, edition of 8, 1 AP

 

 

in the artist’s words:

 

‘I believe the same way that a building is exposed to daily elements and changes – cold hear, rain, fog – it is also exposed to constant changes in function -
increases and decreased in market value, tenant use, and therefore purpose and social value. these persistent modifications are something i want to capture
an embody in my work, creating a new model in constant negotiation with its surroundings.’

 

 

 


all ten sculptures represented graphically

 

 

‘the park avenue project presents a form of marriage between new york city landmarks and architectural elements from different backgrounds. these elements,
I believe, symbolically parallel facets of the human condition. with this installation, I have created a set of works that confront dynamism vs static, the whole
vs. the fragmented, control vs. chaos, utopia vs. reality. the series provides a new point of access from which to understand the dialogue between art and
architecture and how this relationship can evolve and open new doors.’

 

 


rendering of the seagram building – showing the scale of the buildings

 

 


‘helmsley’, 2013
steel
15 x 14.4 x 2.6 feet
(H 4500 x L 4415 x W 803 mm)
image courtesy of the artist / magnan metz gallery

 

 


‘sherry netherland’, 2013
steel
14.75 x 14.4 x 1.2 feet
(H 4500 x L 4415 x W 402 mm)
image courtesy of the artist / magnan metz gallery

 

 


‘empire state’, 2013
steel
15 x 10 x .9 feet
(H 4500 x L 2946 x W 288 mm)
image courtesy of the artist / magnan metz gallery

 

 


‘seagram’, 2013
steel
20 x 9.4 x 3.3 feet
(H 6000 x L 2870 x W 1031 mm)

 

 


‘chrysler’, 2013
steel
no limits by alexandre arrechea
14.8 x 6.4 x .8 feet
(H 4525 x L 1940 x W 272 mm)
image courtesy of the artist / magnan metz gallery

 

 


‘courthouse’, 2013
aluminum, steel
20 x 4.3 x 3 feet
(H 6000 x L 1300 x W 960 mm)
image courtesy of the artist / magnan metz gallery

 

 


‘flatiron’, 2013
aluminum
18 x 6.5 x .75 feet
(H 5500 x L 1980 x W 250 mm)
image courtesy of the artist / magnan metz gallery

 

 


‘flatiron’, 2013 - detail
aluminum
18 x 6.5 x .75 feet
(H 5500 x L 1980 x W 250 mm)
image courtesy of the artist / magnan metz gallery

 

 

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