The Times Square Alliance, in partnership with the West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is pleased to present Kyu Seok Oh’s installation, Counting Sheep. Counting Sheep will be on display in Times Square from March 1 – 7, 2011 on the northern end of Broadway Plaza between 45th and 46th Streets. Spanning 36 feet long and 12 feet wide, the installation is comprised of 24 uniquely made paper sheep sculptures on 6” to 16” high platforms. All of the sheep are hand-made by the artist himself in a labor-intensive process involving natural and traditional materials. “I like to think that both paper and wood, though processed to be used as structural materials, are in fact very much alive as part of nature,” the artist explains. “A group of white paper sheep suddenly emerging from a corner of Times Square will create a contrast to the intimidating, chaotic atmosphere associated with that sleepless corner of the world. Soft, white, and standing together these sheep will invite the neon covered surrounding buildings and large excited crowds to relax, count sheep, and doze off a little.”
About the West Harlem Art Fund
The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a thirteen year old cultural arts and preservation organization. WHAF offers exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to share their talent with residents uptown and around the city. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to West Harlem; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. WHAF’s organizational symbol is the double crocodile from West Africa. Funtunmmireku-Denkyemmirreku means unity in diversity.
The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. “Counting Sheep” is sponsored by NTT Advanced Technologies, Japan.