Time Out | By Howard Halle:
Over the years, public art has increasingly become a thing in the city, with pieces cropping up everywhere. Some are temporary and some are permanent, but they’re all designed to do one or more of the following: Serve as landmarks or commemorations (of both people and events); engage pedestrians in an artistic experience (assuming they’re open to it); serve as tourist attractions; increase the property values of whatever building or buildings are nearby (for luxury apartment developers, art has become one of amenities offered to potential buyers).
Public artworks are often meant to be weird or controversial or how else would they stand out from the visual clutter that is New York? But there are cases in which a project is unintentional weird, ugly or just down right creepy. Metronome, a permanently installed piece on a building overlookingUnion Square, is a prime example. Created by the artist duo Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, the piece has been around since 1999; it is an artistic carbuncle on the face of downtown… Read more