paola pivi: how I roll for new york's public art fund paola pivi: how I roll for new york's public art fund
jun 27, 2012

paola pivi: how I roll for new york's public art fund

‘how I roll’ paola pivi, 2012 all images courtesy of the public art fund

paola pivi: how I roll public art fund, new york city, new york, USA on now until august 26th, 2012

the milan-born and now alaska-based artist paola pivi has conceived of ‘how I roll’ an art installation for new york city’s public art fund. the artwork features an endlessly turning six-seat piper seneca plane held aloft by its wings joined to two steel columns and powered by a strong motor system. pivi’s piece is open to the public twenty-four hours a day, made secure by a chain-link fence encircling the entirety of the plane’s 360 degree range of motion. ‘how I roll’ is displayed in central park’s doris c. freedman plaza on 60th and 5th avenue and is part of a sculpture series by the artist formed from monstrous machines stripped of their typical function given a new range of movement or turned upside down.

the plane continuously moves in a circular motion powered by a motor and positioned between two steel columns

alternate view of ‘how I roll’ in motion

detailed perspective of the support and motor structure of the artwork

‘how i roll // paola pivi’ by mister michaelmagnan

  • Great installation although the chain link fence is wanting. It’s an important detail to the installation and doesn’t meet up to the quality of the rest of the installation. Another demonstration that there is no detail that’s too small to make or break the quality of art.

    William Green says:
  • I disagree William, the chain link hearkens to the established perimeters of airfields…what better way to impress upon the abnormality of the planes motion that by making it appear normal in every other way? I would have added razor wire too!

    TBW says:
  • lol

    dbkii says:
  • They are resting on columns – not beams….

    JMT says:
  • verry fency

    Jerryt says:
  • agreed with william until i saw the video; then realised the fence is perfect.
    but…… the props should have been be geared to rotate..

    It\’s an important detail to the installation and doesn\’t meet up to the quality of the rest of the installation. Another demonstration that there is no detail that\’s too small to make or break the quality of art.

    nicey says:
  • I would have left the fence out.. everyone wants to make Darwin\’s Waiting Room too safe.


    Jim C. says:
  • Yes, Yes, Yes… Love It.
    Glass, rather chain link?
    And spin the propellers, Full speed ahead.

    Dan says:
  • They could have easily left the fence out by raising the installation 20 feet higher

    JJ says:
  • Agreed- fence is a distracting disappointment.

    Tremendous missed opportunity- placing this over water!
    There are plenty of opportunities in Central Park.
    Add to the somewhat tragic ballet of this twirling bird the delicacy of breaking the mirror surface and the opposite spin of the reflection.

    Michael Davidson says:
  • The title is incorrect too. As any aeronaut will tell you, the aircraft is not rolling but pitching.

    An aeronautical engineer says:

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