swoon: thalassa at new orleans museum of art
swoon: thalassa at new orleans museum of art swoon: thalassa at new orleans museum of art
aug 02, 2011

swoon: thalassa at new orleans museum of art

‘thalassa’ by swoon, a site-specific installation for the new orleans museum of art images © swoon

  new york based artist swoon has created ‘thalassa’ for the new orleans museum of art. designed specifically for the site’s century-old hall, the 20-foot tall installation depicts its namesake greek goddess, revered as the mother of all sea creatures, with extended tentacles rising from the waters.

transforming the everyday into the mythical, the work draws its concept from new orleans’ ties to the sea: the urban center depends strongly on its ports for commerce, transportation, energy, and food. the monumental figure is thus emblematic of the city’s present and historical relationship with water.  

view beneath the figure

paper cuts detail

suspended from the ceiling, the deity is surrounded by mixed-media strands comprised of linocut prints and paper cutouts of aquatic creatures, as well as colorful swathes of fabric. these forms are draped from the second floor balcony, such that the figure hangs directly over visitors who enter the space.

‘thalassa’ is on display now until september 25, 2011.

second floor view

installation view

opening reception

installation process

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  • Very beautiful.. yes, so beautiful..

    Satriyo Niti Atmojo says:

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