As part of South Korean boyband BTS’s global art initiative that would give 22 contemporary artists in five international cities the opportunity to launch large-scale installations and exhibitions surrounding the band’s philosophy of “diversity, love, and care for the periphery,” renowned British artist Antony Gormley unveiled his sculpture entitled New York Clearing at the city’s Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 3.
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In the artist’s words: “This is the first time that I have attempted to make Clearing without architectural support… I am enormously excited about the opportunity of making this energy field in conversation with Manhattan across the waters of the East River. It can be seen as an evocation of human connectivity, a materialisation of the energy of the people that view it and the people that made it.”
Standing almost 50-feet tall and utilizing more than 11 miles of square aluminum tubing, the structure “counters the grid of modernism and the city” with its fluid and winding form.
Kicking off with London’s Serpentine Galleries’ presentation of Jacob Kudsk Steensen’s reimagined growth forest, the CONNECT, BTS later followed in Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Soul, before arriving in New York for the fifth and the last location for the art initiative.