One World Trade Center’s Lobby Gets Two Massive Brushstrokes
For the past two months, the lobby of the south entrance to One World Trade Center has served as the studio of artist brushstroke paintings for permanent installation there, and so he went to work right in front of the people that traverse the building daily.
While the brushstroke motif has been embraced (with varying degrees of irony) over the decades by artists ranging from
To create the highly palpable textures of his sculptures, Martiny mixes polymers and pigments until he reaches a desirable viscosity. He then dries the surface using industrial fans and, finally, affixes the finished work to sheets of alumite. He once described his artistic practice as “a dance trapped in paint,” and his dynamic,
The scale of these works is impressive, and allows visitors to experience surface details quite intimately. Light passes through the building’s soaring lobby windows at varying angles, casting shadows across the sculptures and influencing how each hue appears throughout the day. The installation is, in effect, an investigation of natural light and its impact on texture, color, and form.
Martiny characterizes his work as “lyrical,