concrete playground by iran do espirito santo concrete playground by iran do espirito santo
sep 25, 2013

concrete playground by iran do espirito santo

iran do espírito santo, playground, 2013
pigmented cast concrete, 13’ 6” x 13’ 6” x 13’ 6”
exhibition presented by public art fund; on view at doris c. freedman plaza, central park,
september 10, 2013 – february 16, 2014
courtesy of sean kelly gallery, new york, and galeria fortes vilaça, são paulo
photo: james ewing, courtesy public art fund, NY © iran do espírito santo 2013

 

 

 

brazilian artist iran do espírito santo’s concrete playground sits just outside central park, echoing the facades of nearby new york city buildings. opened by public art fund, the architectural fragments that comprise ‘playground’ are realized as a contemplation between construction and destruction, while the negative space becomes an immersive installation. at first glance, the 13-square-foot cube appears to be built with individual gray blocks, geometrically stacked atop one another. but upon closer inspection, viewers are able to realize that the bricks are not connected by mortar, but rather a single cast concrete block which, as an optical illusion, toys with the idea of perception versus reality. missing corners of the cube, as well as fragmented openings form seats for visitors.

 

 


iran do espírito santo, playground, 2013
pigmented cast concrete, 13’ 6” x 13’ 6” x 13’ 6”
exhibition presented by public art fund; on view at doris c. freedman plaza, central park,
september 10, 2013 – february 16, 2014
courtesy of sean kelly gallery, new york, and galeria fortes vilaça, são paulo
photo: james ewing, courtesy public art fund, NY © iran do espírito santo 2013

 

 


iran do espírito santo, playground, 2013
pigmented cast concrete, 13’ 6” x 13’ 6” x 13’ 6”
exhibition presented by public art fund; on view at doris c. freedman plaza, central park,
september 10, 2013 – february 16, 2014
courtesy of sean kelly gallery, new york, and galeria fortes vilaça, são paulo
photo: james ewing, courtesy public art fund, NY © iran do espírito santo 2013

 

 


iran do espírito santo, playground, 2013
pigmented cast concrete, 13’ 6” x 13’ 6” x 13’ 6”
exhibition presented by public art fund; on view at doris c. freedman plaza, central park,
september 10, 2013 – february 16, 2014
courtesy of sean kelly gallery, new york, and galeria fortes vilaça, são paulo
photo: james ewing, courtesy public art fund, NY © iran do espírito santo 2013

 

 


iran do espírito santo, playground, 2013
pigmented cast concrete, 13’ 6” x 13’ 6” x 13’ 6”
exhibition presented by public art fund; on view at doris c. freedman plaza, central park,
september 10, 2013 – february 16, 2014
courtesy of sean kelly gallery, new york, and galeria fortes vilaça, são paulo
photo: james ewing, courtesy public art fund, NY © iran do espírito santo 2013

 

 


iran do espírito santo, playground, 2013
pigmented cast concrete, 13’ 6” x 13’ 6” x 13’ 6”
exhibition presented by public art fund; on view at doris c. freedman plaza, central park,
september 10, 2013 – february 16, 2014
courtesy of sean kelly gallery, new york, and galeria fortes vilaça, são paulo
photo: james ewing, courtesy public art fund, NY © iran do espírito santo 2013

 

 


iran do espírito santo, playground, 2013
pigmented cast concrete, 13’ 6” x 13’ 6” x 13’ 6”
exhibition presented by public art fund; on view at doris c. freedman plaza, central park,
september 10, 2013 – february 16, 2014
courtesy of sean kelly gallery, new york, and galeria fortes vilaça, são paulo
photo: james ewing, courtesy public art fund, NY © iran do espírito santo 2013

 

 


(left and right) iran do espírito santo, playground, 2013
pigmented cast concrete, 13’ 6” x 13’ 6” x 13’ 6”
exhibition presented by public art fund; on view at doris c. freedman plaza, central park,
september 10, 2013 – february 16, 2014
courtesy of sean kelly gallery, new york, and galeria fortes vilaça, são paulo
photo: james ewing, courtesy public art fund, NY © iran do espírito santo 2013

  • I like it – kinda picks up where Sol Lewitt and Phillip Johnson left off

    dbkii says:
  • Where do we start.
    ‘Architectural fragments’ ‘realized as a contemplation between construction and destruction’ ‘negative space becomes an immersive installation’ ‘toys with the idea of perception versus reality’.
    Well it is quite obvious, even in a photo, that these are not individual blocks.
    This not an ‘architectural fragment’ it is quite simply a form that has been covered with plaster and scored to make it look
    like they are odd sized concrete blocks. No magic here.
    A contemplation between construction and destruction? Come on. This is not a contemplative piece – really.
    Someone just had the money for this kind of ‘art’ and it was done.
    The negative space is hardly what one would call immersive let alone an installation.
    The only toying around here is that someone hopes that this can be taken seriously and when it is removed the negative
    space will definitely become a most welcome installation.

    Ron Smith says:

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