As tourists (and non-tourists alike) navigate Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza, (between Avery Fisher Hall, the David Koch Theater and the Metropolitan Opera House), they’ll want to interact with artist Aaron Curry’s “Melt to Earth.” The exhibit offers pops of color and whimsical shapes — hard for kids and grownups alike to resist.
Pop Up Art in New York City
Originally assembled in the overnight hours, viewers had a chance to see it appear once the sun came up.It resembles an act that may have escaped straight from the tent of the Big Apple Circus, which is currently situated in the plaza area as well. But this exhibit of 14 sculptures is part of Lincoln Center’s Public Art program.
The brightly colored abstract sculptures, created by Los Angeles-based Curry, are described as “monumental” and “site specific,” and positioned “ in orbit around the iconic Revson Fountain,” on the Plaza, according to the Lincoln Center Public Art program. (You can walk up to one of the balconies or upper levels of the surrounding buildings to get even more of an orbital view.) The Revson Fountain itself makes for a special stop year-round as you follow its almost musical water patterns.
Some of the painted aluminum works tower almost 20 feet high, while others lie flat on the ground appearing as a burst of energy or an exclamation point, minus the “dot” at bottom.
Curry was born in San Antonio, Texas and his works have been exhibited in both the United States and Europe, including exhibitions at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, and Berlin’s Schinkel Pavillon. The public art program, describes Melt to Earth as transforming the space, “into a sculptural theater-in-the-round.”
Do Not Touch?
A small sign nearby asks passersby not to climb on the sculptures, a formidable request with a nearly guaranteed rejection by many children. As I watched parents take pictures of their kids by the works, the kids grabbed on, leaned on, stood on, reached through and peeked around the works.
Kids (and kids at heart) will appreciate some of the odd names of the pieces such as “Mushmind” and “Ugly Mess,” but although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it would be hard to consider these colorful, unusual shapes found in the midst of the starker winter-season, to be any sort of ugly mess.
Learn More About Melt to Earth in New York City
Families can get a hold of the “Melt the Earth Art Reporter activity book,” free from Lincoln Center Education that guides “curious art reporters of all ages through a fun and imaginative exploration of the installation.”
Those who want to learn even more about the exhibit in person can check into Lincoln Center specialty Art & Architecture guided tours, which will highlight the exhibit.
The exhibit will be up until January 6, 2014.