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Urban Roof Art with Antony Gormley

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NYPD: Rooftop Figures Just Art, Not People in Distress
March 9, 2010

New York (AP/1010 WINS) — The New York Police Department wants the public to know that the figures soon to be gazing down from buildings near a midtown park are an artist’s body casts — not residents in distress.

The department was worried the upcoming outdoor exhibit might spark 911 calls of possible jumpers, so it wanted to alert the public, said police spokesman Paul Browne.

On Tuesday, the first sculpture of the installation, called “Event Horizon,” was placed on top of a building that houses Pentagram Design’s New York offices.

“We have a new staffer here at our offices at 204 Fifth Avenue; he doesn’t say much, and spends most of his time up on the roof, gazing at the skyline,” the company said on its Web site.

By nightfall, the figure was a dark sillhouette against the sky.

The work by British artist Antony Gormley consists of 31 life-size figures of the artist’s body cast in iron and glass fiber. The sculptures will be installed on pathways, sidewalks and rooftops of buildings surrounding Madison Square Park for an exhibit beginning March 26…

The installation will be on view through Aug. 15. Read the rest of this article here.

Antony Gormley”™s One & Other

Filed under: Art Pranks, Culture Jamming and Reality Hacking

Submitted by W.J. Elvin III:

Watching each other… Live coverage starts Monday on Sky Arts


From the Sky Arts Web site:

This summer, Antony Gormley”™s One & Other takes over London”™s Trafalgar Square in one of the biggest public art projects the country has seen. 2400 people will get their chance to make their mark in the glare of the public eye and our cameras. We will be streaming everyone”™s hour of fame live on our dedicated One & Other website.

Even the most dedicated would struggle to see every bit of this round the clock, 100 day -project, so to make sure you don”™t miss out on the best bits, we”™re bringing you a live show from Trafalgar Square every Friday at 7pm. Here”™s what”™s coming up in the forthcoming shows:

The launch
8:15am, 6 July on Sky Arts 1 / HD

Highlights of the first week
7pm, 10 July on Sky Arts 1 / HD

Tune in for the weekly highlights show with the best plinthers and interviews at 7pm every Friday from 10 July on Sky Arts 1 / HD

Read more about this event:

  • Living statues chosen for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, by Ian Johnston, 14 June 2009
  • Fun, but is it art?, by Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times, July 5, 2009