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Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue

2007

Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, 2007

Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, 2007
Mixed media.

Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue

Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, 2007
Mixed media.

Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, 2007

Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, 2007
Mixed media.

Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, 2007

Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, 2007
Mixed media.

Description

Two smaller than life-sized tourist cabins—complete with interior lighting and a satellite sculpture—inhabited the Park Avenue median at 52nd to 53rd Streets. These sculptures came out of my continuing exploration of the "cabin" as an icon both in my personal lexicon and in the larger world. The first tourist cabin-sculptures I made were inspired not only by childhood experiences on family trips but also by the way a small building can stand in for a human presence. Each time I have exhibited my cabin-sculptures, the setting—City Hall Park or a river in Aberdeen, South Dakota—has added new meaning. When I thought of placing these tiny houses amid the glass and concrete and noise and bustle of Park Avenue, the constellation-filled ceiling of Grand Central Terminal inspired me to add a satellite dish that would somehow connect them with distant space and the peace and quiet of the star-filled summer night.

Photo credit: Peter Mauss/ESTO

The New York Times

The New York Times

July 2007

Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue

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