Wayfinding 100 NYC Public Sculptures

Wayfinding 100 NYC Public Sculptures

Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures is a site-specific installation using both old and new media to explore the definition of public art by inviting the public to embark on guided journeys through NYC to find public sculptures, as well as question how the journey of the audience, from the representation and original within the specific geographic sites, can be an artwork in itself.

Bundith Phunsombatlert, New York, United States

Project title: Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures, 2014-2015

The project is in conjunction with the 1939/1964 World’s Fair Anniversary Festival.

Media: 100 aluminum signs for 100 NYC public sculptures; distance drawn from GPS coordinates between each sculpture and wooden posts at Flushing Meadows Corona Park/Queens Museum.

People are invited to view the map online at .

Dimensions: 99 x 39 x 39 inches (each of six wooden posts)

Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures is a site-specific project that invites the public to embark on guided journeys through NYC to find public sculptures. Phunsombatlert researched all existing public sculptures in New York City and have identified 100 potential sites to be incorporated in his final work. He then creates small drawings for each sculpture and develops directional signs and maps that resemble standard U.S. National Park Service signage. The artwork is made up of signage for 100 public sculptures that contain precise direction and distances drawn from GPS coordinates between each sculpture and a group of wooden posts at the lawn in between Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The audience participates in this project by experiencing their own journey to each original sculpture. Whether the audience views the original works or their representational counterparts, this project will call attention to the very specific, transformative space between object and audience. The project questions how the audience’s journey from the representation to original within a specific geographic can be a work of art in itself. Visitors are invited to see the online map at www.wayfindingNYC.com.

This interdisciplinary work combines the practice of printmaking as an old media to one of technology as a new media: the use of GPS coordinates, a digital compass, and an online map, that transforms the definition of public art by introducing a more robust component of exploration and navigation. In addition, the work will activate new definitions of original mapped sculptures. Their established meanings will change as they are discussed by people face-to-face at the sites or online through social networks, bringing them to life in new media. Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures engages the public to interpret the original work through their physical journeys, experiences, and memories.

Timeframe/Location

Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures developed at Socrates Sculpture Park, is expanding to two parks in two boroughs of NYC with the support from New York City Parks & Recreation. The first location is at the lawn in between the Queens Museum and Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, from May 14, 2014, to March 31, 2015. Then, the second location will be in Manhattan (in progress of permission), and will be exhibited in 2015.

The exhibition will be open to the public with no admission fee. Each site will contain or be located near public sculptures that will be included on the wayfinding signs. This creates a relationship between sculptures in each specific location and the group of sculptures as a whole. Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures will be an exciting and rare instance where a temporary public art program will merge with and inform the permanent sculptures in New York City’s collection.

The City of New York Parks & Recreation is helping with logistics and permissions. The project is fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Submitter

Bundith Phunsombatlert, New York, United States

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