The Public Art Fund‘s new exhibit, Desire Lines by artist TatianaTrouvé sits in the shadow of the Plaza Hotel in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza on Fifth Avenue and 60th Street, a location that previously featured an idealized ruin and six towering blue clouds, forming a nice conversation with the gold leaf General Sherman Statue across the way.
Using Central Park in its entirety, the artist measured each and every pathway within the park, ranging in length from sixty feet to four miles, and created a corresponding wooden spool and color for each pathway. In total, there are 212 spools which can be corresponded to their location in the park with this interactive map.
Screenshot of the interactive map on Public Art Fund website
In addition to the rope measurements corresponding to the length of the pathways, each pathway has a cultural title referring to a well-known march or walk in our history. It might be political or could refer to literature, music or art.
Desire Lines has been in the works since late 2011 and is Tatiana Trouvé’s first public commission in the United States. Born in Italy, she has lived in Senegal and the Netherland but has made Paris her home since the mid 1990s.
The current outdoor exhibit for the Public Art Fund at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza corresponds with a “Study For Desire Lines” exhibited by Gagosian New York now through April 25th at their Park Avenue gallery. At the gallery, you will gain rare insight into her creative process by way of her vellum tracings, cast part objects, and vertical maps of Central Park in raw canvas.
You can find more information on this exhibit and the Public Art Fund on Facebook. The outdoor exhibit will be on display through August 30th.
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