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Mika Tajima, SculptureCenter, and Yasunori Matsui

Mika Tajima, Meridian (Gold)

June 9, 2016 to August 31, 2016
Hunter's Point South Park, Queens

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Meridian (Gold) by Mika Tajima is an illuminated plume of water vapor whose color shifts between magenta and pale cyan. The color of the vapor corresponds in real-time to the global sentiment for gold, reflected in the price fluctuation of the commodity. Gold is a peculiar material that derives its value from the social perception of its qualities and collective "moods" toward geopolitical and economic events. The framing structure for Meridian (Gold) is a seating zone that references communal rejuvenation spas and here becomes a site to reflect on the fleeting materiality of contemporary life. The project was selected by participants in Public Process, SculptureCenter’s intensive program for high school students that uses New York City’s rich public art landscape to explore the history and impact of public art and its community influence.

Public Process is an intensive program for high school students that uses New York City’s rich public art landscape to explore the history and impact of public art and its community influence. In July 2015, eight high school students participated in a two-week course providing interactions and presentations by seasoned professional curators, architects, local historians, and public art organization representatives, and opportunities to visit public art sites. Three artists were invited to make proposals for a public artwork in Long Island City and presented them to the students in their studios. On the last day of the course, the students made presentations and debated the proposals, ultimately selecting Tajima’s project for the commission.

This exhibition is presented by SculptureCenter.

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