SHADOWS, the site-specific sculptural installation by Fanny Allié, will open at Bella Abzug Park in November

The Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance has announced that Shadows, an installation of ten new site-specific sculptures created by multimedia artist Fanny Allié for Bella Abzug Park (542 W 36th St., New York, NY 10018), will open to the public on Thursday, November 10.

Shadows invites people to experience Bella Abzug Park, a picturesque public green space surrounded by urban bustle, in a new way, as a fascinating and free place of art. Ally’s sculptures are set in flowerbeds – some in the open, others partially concealed by plants – in a circular pattern in the first block of the park (closest to The Shops at Hudson Yards and where the 7 train entrances are). They represent ten workers who maintain the park for the benefit of the public, through their silhouettes. To create the sculptures, Allié spent time with each person and asked them to pose in a way that reflected them. She captured these poses on film, drew their outlines, and translated them into steel silhouettes. Each worker has chosen the color of his sculpture, encouraged by Allié to choose the one that best represents him

Shadows also includes an audio component, accessible with a QR code, in which Ally’s subjects sing, whistle, hum, laugh and share stories about their work. The songs evoke life experiences, family ties, stories of immigration and passage, and relationships with the park. The workers come from various places, including Senegal, Togo, Puerto Rico and the United States. And yet, they form a close-knit team, concerned about each other as well as the park, a bond that Allié wishes to underline. She explains: “The voice is a powerful medium that can convey various emotions and reveal a lot about a person.

Allie says of Shadows, “In Hudson Yards, surrounded by tall buildings and concrete, Bella Abzug Park is a green spot where everyone can sit, relax and reflect. It’s a vital resource, and it wouldn’t work without the workers who clean, sweep, maintain, monitor, plant, dig, prune… My intention is to highlight the presence of 10 of these workers through their silhouettes and their voices, allowing visitors to know them and to make visible the individuals, the experiences, Through this in situ installation, I hope to create a connection between the workers, the public and the park and to create a multi-sensory experience around the sculptures .

Allié’s community-based public art projects explore human interrelationships, community, and connection to the places we inhabit daily. Shadows follows her work Exquisite Corpse, which she created for the New York City Department of Transportation’s DOT Arts program. The interactive sculpture was made up of four blocks that displayed larger-than-life black-and-white photos of Ally of longtime residents of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Bella Conway of Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance says, “Fanny Allié’s work speaks specifically to what we hope public art can achieve: that it can bring together the socio-economically diverse communities of this neighborhood around the dynamic spaces that he offers, that he can inspire people to go about their daily existence, stop and reflect on the lives and experiences of those around them. We are so happy to team up with her to create this experience which we hope deepens people’s relationship with the park and with the strangers who enjoy it and keep it alive. .”

To curate and produce Shadows, HYHK engaged Debra Simon Art Consulting. Simon has curated and produced many prominent public art projects in New York City, having served as director of public art at the Times Square Alliance and overseeing its Midnight Moment series, the world’s largest digital public art series; created Brookfield Arts, the largest privately funded public art program in the United States; and co-founded the River to River Festival, created to bring audiences back to Lower Manhattan after 9/11. Debra Simon Art Consulting curates Art at Amtrak, a new public art program at New York Penn Station.

About Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance

The Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the diverse population who live, work and visit the neighborhood. Since 2015, the HYHK Business Improvement District (BID) has been providing supplementary sanitation services, streetscape improvements, horticulture and neighborhood beautification projects, as well as technical and professional services for small businesses in an area broadly bounded by West 42nd Street to the north, Eleventh Avenue to the west, West 30th Street to the south, and Ninth Avenue to the east. As the official maintenance and operating partner of the New York Department of Parks and Recreation for Bella Abzug Park, HYHK is active in providing a variety of cultural programs to the neighborhood. Through film screenings, rotating art exhibits, concerts, wellness series and more, the HYHK arts program focuses on enhancing public space and community through the public art. Learn more about our work at hyhkalliance.org and @HudsonYardsHellsKitchen.

About NYC Parks Art in the Parks Program

For more than 50 years, NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has brought contemporary public artwork to city parks, making New York City one of the largest outdoor galleries in the world. The agency has constantly encouraged the creation and installation of temporary public works of art in the parks of the five boroughs. Since 1967, NYC Parks has collaborated with arts organizations and artists to produce more than 2,000 public works of art by 1,300 notable and emerging artists at more than 200 parks. For more information about the program, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art.

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