Wake, commissioned by Times Square Arts, is a 24-foot-tall installation that evokes the hull of a shipwreck crossed with the skeletal remains of a marine mammal. The structure is linked with a carved, 21-foot tall animatronic female sculpture, accurately derived from a figurehead of the opera star Jenny Lind, that was once mounted on the 19th Century clipper ship, the USS Nightingale.

The artwork calls forth both the city’s triumphs and the complicated layers of its past. New York City has become a center of trade, commerce, finance, entertainment, and tourism, but also has a complex history that included the shipping (by the USS Nightingale, among others) of guns and slaves, that augmented this burgeoning city’s economy. The expanding past economies are prologue to our current environmental dilemma.

The physical presence of Wake will serve as an entry point into Unmoored, an ambitious 21st Century mixed-reality public art project that will be a draw for all ages and backgrounds.

Docents will be available by Wake on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2-8 pm and weekends from 12-6 pm until September 5, to engage with the public and share information about Wake and Unmoored.

July 11, 2018 - September 05, 2018
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
TSq Plaza 46-47
Bdwy btwn 46th-47th Sts
New York, NY 10036
Times Square Arts, Queens Museum, No Longer Empty
Save to Calendar 2018-07-11 00:00:00 2018-09-05 23:59:00 America/New_York Wake /Wake/, commissioned by Times Square Arts, is a 24-foot-tall installation that evokes the hull of a shipwreck crossed with the skeletal remains of a marine mammal. The structure is linked with a carved, 21-foot tall animatronic female sculpture, accurately derived from a figurehead of the opera star Jenny Lind, that was once mounted on the 19th Century clipper ship, the USS Nightingale. The artwork calls forth both the city’s triumphs and the complicated layers of its past. New York City has become a center of trade, commerce, finance, entertainment, and tourism, but also has a complex history that included the shipping (by the USS Nightingale, among others) of guns and slaves, that augmented this burgeoning city’s economy. The expanding past economies are prologue to our current environmental dilemma. The physical presence of /Wake/ will serve as an entry point into /Unmoored/ [1], an ambitious 21st Century mixed-reality public art project that will be a draw for all ages and backgrounds. Docents will be available by /Wake/ on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2-8 pm and weekends from 12-6 pm until September 5, to engage with the public and share information about /Wake/ and /Unmoored/. [1] https://www.timessquarenyc.org/whats-happening/unmoored TSq Plaza 46-47, Bdwy btwn 46th-47th Sts New York, NY 10036 Times Square Arts, Queens Museum, No Longer Empty
Type
On The Plazas
Alliance Event
Public Art
Free