SculptureCenter is pleased to present Meridian (Gold), a temporary public art project by Mika Tajima. The installation will be located in Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City and will be on view from June 9 through September 25.
The public is invited to celebrate the project at a Community Day, featuring family activities, refreshments, and remarks by the artist and local elected officials, on Saturday, June 11, from 11am–12:30pm.
Meridian (Gold) is an illuminated plume of water vapor whose color shifts between magenta and pale cyan. The color of the vapor corresponds in real-time to the global sentiment for gold, reflected in the price fluctuation of the commodity. Gold is a peculiar material that derives its value from the social perception of its qualities and collective “moods” toward geopolitical and economic events. The framing structure for Meridian (Gold) is a seating zone that references communal rejuvenation spas and here becomes a site to reflect on the fleeting materiality of contemporary life. The project was selected by participants in Public Process, SculptureCenter’s intensive program for high school students that uses New York City’s rich public art landscape to explore the history and impact of public art and its community influence.
Hunter’s Point South Park is a waterfront park that was until recently an abandoned post-industrial area. Transformed into a space that offers fun and relaxation to locals and visitors alike, the park includes a central green, playground, dog run, bikeway, waterside promenade and ferry stop, basketball court, and a 13,000 square foot pavilion that contains comfort stations, concessions, and an elevated cafe plaza.
NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in New York City parks. For more information visit nyc.gov/parks/art.
Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution in Long Island City, NY dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter commissions new works and presents exhibitions by emerging and established, national and international artists. Our programs identify new talent, explore the conceptual, aesthetic and material concerns of contemporary sculpture, and encourage independent vision.
SculptureCenter’s exhibition and operating support is generously provided by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the Kraus Family Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the A. Woodner Fund; Jeanne Donovan Fisher; Astoria Bank; and contributions from our Board of Trustees and Director’s Circle. Additional funding is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and contributions from many generous individuals.
The Public Process program and Meridian (Gold) are presented with generous support from Charlotte Feng Ford and the National Endowment for the Arts.