230 Fifth Avenue, home to over 200 showrooms, is one of the buildings where an Antony Gormley sculpture has been installed, forming part of Gormley’s Event Horizon exhibit. This sculpture appears on the rooftop of the 230 Fifth Avenue building and is on view from March 26, 2010 through August 15, 2010. Boy would this freak me out if I saw it not knowing that it was a sculpture.
Gormley’s Event Horizon public art exhibition consists of thirty-one life-size body forms of the artist Antony Gormley cast in iron and fiberglass appearing throughout Madison Square Park as well as on rooftops of buildings in the Flatiron District. Event Horizon was originally created in 2007 by Antony Gormley for London’s Hayward Gallery as part of the Blind Light exhibition. These sculptures were installed on bridges, rooftops and streets along the South Bank of London’s Thames River. For New York, Gormley has tailored Event Horizon for Manhattan’s breathtaking skyline. The purpose behind this exhibit is to create more awareness in people. As the artist Gormley explains, “In observing the works dispersed over the city, viewers will discover that they are the center of a concentrated field of silent witnesses; they are surrounded by art that is looking out at space and perhaps also at them. In that time, the flow of daily life is momentarily stilled.”
Photography by James Ewing.