A LITTLE COLOR FOR WINTER
Two public art projects scheduled for February and March will be especially visible in the city’s bleak winter landscape.
In Madison Square Park — that six-acre swath of green between Madison and Fifth Avenues, from 23rd to 26th Streets — the Brooklyn-based Chilean artist Iván Navarro will create a site-specific installation on view from Feb. 20 through March 30. Called “This Land is Your Land,” from the 1940 Woody Guthrie folk song, it will consist of glowing neon words reflected within three water towers installed throughout the park. Seven feet in diameter and resting on eight-foot-tall supports, the water towers, an integral part of New York’s skyline repeat their neon message perpetually.
“It’s our 28th exhibition over the last 10 years,” said Debbie Landau, president of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.
Uptown, at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza at 60th street and Fifth Avenue, the Swiss-born artist Olaf Breuning has created six clouds rendered as childlike drawings and fashioned from polished blue fiberglass that tower 35 feet high. On view from March 4 through Aug. 24, the work is a playful, almost cartoon-like, installation.
“There is a D.I.Y. quality to it,” said Nicholas Baume, the Public Art Fund’s director and chief curator who organized the project.