edward hopper's nighthawks recreated as 3D pop-up installation
edward hopper's nighthawks recreated as 3D pop-up installation edward hopper's nighthawks recreated as 3D pop-up installation
aug 19, 2013

edward hopper's nighthawks recreated as 3D pop-up installation

edward hopper’s nighthawks recreated as 3D pop-up installation
images courtesy of whitney museum of american art




a life-size, 3-dimensional recreation of edward hopper’s ‘nighthawks’ has been installed in the NYC landmark flatiron building’s prow. the pop-up, cut-out style model is created by the whitney museum of american art in new york in celebration of their current exhibit, hopper drawing — a show devoted to the painter’s process which includes some 200 previously unexhibited drawings on paper. the four protagonists from the iconic 1940s diner scene were scaled up to mimic human proportions and their arrangement around the wooden bar perfectly replicates hopper’s original. the distinct architectural elements of the flatiron building — in particular its reflection of the triangular site — was an initial influence for the locale pictured in ‘nighthawks’.



the recreation at the first floor of the flatiron building in new york city
photograph by filip wolak



passers-by look at the pop-up at piece
photograph by filip wolak



an installation view of the 3D reimagination at the NYC flatiron prow
photograph by filip wolak



below is hopper’s original ‘nighthawks’, a depiction of four people seated at a diner late at night. the collection of drawings at the whitney museum of art display studies, sketches, and analysis of the painting’s development and process, particularly the artist’s investigation of the figure’s poses and faces.



edward hopper, nighthawks, 1942
oil on canvas, 33 1/8 × 60 in. (84.1 × 152.4 cm)
the art institute of chicago; friends of american art collection
© heirs of josephine n. hopper, licensed by the whitney museum of american art
photography © the art institute of chicago.

  • I wonder why they only used 2D cutouts taht are only viewed from one side instead of 3D mannequins that could be viewed all around.

    JJ says:
  • thank you

    Paedra says:
  • I loce this idea. I lecture on the art of Edward Hopper and am so happy that this show will eventually reach Israel. We are lucky that we in this large wolrd, receive the priviledge of seeing art in such creative ways. have a great show love and light Rona Kruger

    rona kruger says:
  • i love the art of Hopper and was lucky enough to see this masterpiece when it toured in Hong Kong a few years back. I agree that it would have been extra special to have mannequins or even real live actors pose for this image for the duration of the exhibit! that would have been amazing to see and watch how the protagonists in this iconic painting interact with each other! plus one other small beef with this (otherwise exceptional idea) remove the frosted lettering on top. it just destroys the tranquility and solemnity of the image!

    theorangeblowfish says:

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