You Move Me, an interactive site-specific art installation comprised of 1000 hand-cut chimes activated by street traffic, will be on display in Manhattan for the month of March with a viewing party to be held March 24th from 7 – 9pm.
NEW YORK, March, 2011: This month, when you walk past 20 W. 53rd St. between 5th and 6th Avenues, you’ll see—and hear—something new.
You Move Me is a study in transcendence. One thousand pieces of electrical conduit, hand cut and filed into individual chimes, come together to create a surreal terrain suspended in space. When still, the chimes project an austere landscape, rising and falling with the reverence of a cathedral. When approached by a viewer, the piece comes alive.
Street traffic activates the chimes, causing them to move and dance. As they collide, each impact multiplies, the sound building to a glorious and completely random symphony. Curious observers are rewarded for their closer examination with this private, unique performance.
You Move Me is a hymn for New York City. It relies on the inherent optimism of simple, common elements coming together to create something transformative. A massive amount of metal, when delicately suspended, becomes as light and ephemeral as any passing New York moment.
The artists, Kathleen Marie McDermott and Edward Kim-Yujoong, have been afforded this opportunity thanks to Chashama (www.chashama.org), a non-profit dedicated to the beautification of public spaces while fostering local talent in New York City. Their proposal was chosen over hundreds of others. This installation is also supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (http://www.nea.gov/).
See how hundreds of hours of work, a thousand chimes and two great artists come together to create a handmade labor of love for this great city. You can visit the installation 24/7, or join the collaborators for a viewing party with refreshments, snacks and other talented artists Thursday, March 24th, from 7 – 9pm. Several other installations are also on display in the area. RSVP to [email protected]
About the artists:
Edward Kim-Yujoong (www.yujoong.com) graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s of Architecture in 2009. He is co-director of the installation and architecture firm UMAMI-UTILITIES and an architectural designer at studioSUMO in Long Island City. Kathleen Marie McDermott (www.kthartic.com) also graduated Cornell University but with a BFA in Sculpture. She has had several recent installations in public sites in NYC, and is a freelance fabricator and sculptor currently employed with U.S. Art Company.
Contact: Jacqueline McDermott, T: 914-325-2152, E: [email protected]