Last year, 31 life-size human figures inhabited park pathways, sidewalks, streets and the skyline of the Flatiron District, as part of Mad. Sq. Art’s exhibition of Event Horizon, the U.S. public art debut of renowned British sculptor Antony Gormley. One of the most talked about art events of 2010, Event Horizon generated worldwide attention, sparked conversation, and most importantly, led millions of New Yorkers and visitors alike to stop and look skyward in appreciation of this awe-inspiring city. We’re thrilled to announce that on March 14, 2011, the International Art Critics Association will honor Event Horizon with an award for Best Exhibition in a Public Space in 2010! This honor is already making headlines–so help us spread the word!
You can also take home a piece of this historic exhibition: just visit the Event Horizon store to pick up a copy of the limited-edition Event Horizon New York exhibition catalogue, a gorgeous document of Antony Gormley’s landmark United States art debut in and around Madison Square Park and Manhattan’s historic Flatiron District. Centered around stunning photography by James Ewing, this 144-page hard-cover volume features an essay by the artist, an original short story by Booker Prize-nominated author Colm Tóibín, and reflections on Event Horizon by a wide variety of New Yorkers, including Hugh Hardy, Danny Meyer, Deborah Berke, Paula Scher, New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and Martin Friedman among others. It’s nothing less than a love letter to New York City, and to the remarkable urban landscape, architectural treasures, inquisitive citizens and passion for creativity that make New York the incomparable and vital metropolis we are so proud to call home.
From Union Square to the Empire State Building, Event Horizon was the first time Mad. Sq. Art expanded beyond the borders of our 6.2 acre museum without walls, and the ambitious project could not have been an AICA award-worthy success without the leadership, cooperation and support of the City of New York and dozens of property owners, exhibition supporters and project partners in New York City and beyond. For lots more information about Event Horizon and a complete list of project supporters, visit the official website. Congratulations to Antony on his triumphant U.S. public art debut, and thanks to everyone who helped us make Event Horizon such a success!