Tag Archives: Public Art Fund

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

IMG_8066“Good fences make good neighbors” // Ai Weiwei // Photographs by Erin Fong

Ai Weiwei’s latest public work in New York City was a large fence resembling a bird cage centered in the middle of the Washington Square Arch. Visitors who wished to pass under the arc had to walk through the fence. But, once inside the arch, you are also in the middle of a cage. Trapped in the Washington Square Arch. You can of course walk out the cage, but the feeling of entrapment stays. The theme of freedom lost is frequently addressed in Ai Weiwei’s work, though this one allows for the audience to play an active roll in understanding the meaning of his work. 

IMG_8068“Good fences make good neighbors” // Ai Weiwei // Photographs by Erin Fong



Water Tower

IMG_4501.jpgWater Tower // Rachel Whiteread // 1998 // translucent resin & painted steel

When walking around NYC it is easy to spot numerous water towers resting on the atop buildings. It comes as no surprise then for artists to gain inspiration from these iconic New York City objects. British artist Rachel Whiteread did just that in her first public work in the US. Known for her casts in resin and plaster of everyday objects,  Whiteread chose to create a resin constructed water tower for MoMA. Located on the roof, Whiteread’s work is only visible to people who look up whilst sitting in MoMA’s garden. By using resin, a clear substance, the “Water Tower’s” appearance changes to reflect the sky and the buildings that surround it.