A section of Orly Genger's massive installation at Madison Square Park
Back in 2008 I did a blog post on Danielle Julian-Norton’s sculptural wall of stacked translucent amber bars of Neutrogena at the Cynthia Reeves Gallery in Chelsea, calling her The Serra of Soap. Now I might call Orly Genger the Serra of Rope, for her massive installation of crocheted and knotted sculptures, installed currently at Madison Square Park. But I don't want my offhandedness to diminish either artist in any way, as they are very much their own women, handing conventional materials in very unconventional ways.
Genger’s Red, Yellow and Blue, is a massive installation of crocheted and knotted sculptures that embraces—pretty much literally—4500 square feet of
the Flatiron building. Three separate environments of looped, stacked and
painted lobster-fishing rope (the project was underwritten in part by the Madison Square
Park, a lovely greensward just north of ) interact
dramatically with the landscape. Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation
What you see of the project as you approach Madision Square Park
Red wends it way around the trees at the southernmost end of the park. At the northern end, Yellow undulates around the perimeter of a green lawn. Blue, between them, starts out as a massive wall but mimics the vegetation it surrounds, sending out tendrils into the grass.
The installation is up through September 8. It's open to the public and it's free. Go!
Here's the same wall on the other side of the tree . . .
. . . and as it continues, foreground, to encircle a section of park
A composite panorama giving you a sense of the expanse. Click pic to see the pano large
At the northern end of the park, bordered by 26th Street, the Yellow segment is installed. You can just see it, below, peeking up past the playground. Here the undulations are more vertically oriented in a rolling crawl. Because of the location, there are inevitable associations to hills and hay bales, yet the size and palette bring to mind associations to Richard Serra and Barnett Newman respectively.
Blue is installed at midpark, just at the point where Broadway crosses over Fifth Avenue. While there were plenty of folks fully engaged with the work, others seemed completely oblivious to the effort. Well, at least they give you a sense of scale.
What those bench sitters were totally unaware of was the fabulosity on the other side of the wall . . .
. . . whose mass dispersed into runners that mimicked the abundant vegetation
Specifics and links:. 1.4 million feet of nautical rope were used to make the sculptures
. The sculptures were hand crocheted and knotted by hand by Genger and a team of assistants over two years
. The forms are covered in more than 3500 gallons of paint
. A review in the New York Times has more info and a slide show of great pics. The Larissa Goldston Gallery, which represents Genger, has another great selection of pictures
. Info about the sculptures, the artist, the materials and event times are on the Madison Square Park website