At the beginning of 2020, the boyband BTS announced the launch of CONNECT BTS. The platform is a global art initiative providing 22 contemporary artists in five international cities to create large-scale installations and exhibitions. Today we get a look at ‘New York Clearing,’ a massive sculpture from British artist Antony Gormley. The installation can be found at New York’s Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 3. The sculpture is made up of more than 11 miles of square aluminum tubing, which rises almost 50 feet.
The design “counters the grid of modernism and the city,” doing so with a unique and eye-catching swooping form. Gormley spoke about his creation, stating: “This is the first time that I have attempted to make Clearing without architectural support.” He went on to add, “I am enormously excited about the opportunity of making this energy field in conversation with Manhattan across the waters of the East River. It can be seen as an evocation of human connectivity, a materialization of the energy of the people that view it, and the people that made it.”
CONNECT BTS kicked off with London’s Serpentine Galleries’ presentation, which included Jacob Kudsk Steensen’s reimagined growth forest. Exhibitions have already arrived in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Seoul. NYC is the fifth and last city the art initiative will arrive in.
Take a look at the installation from Antony Gormley in the images below and find out more about CONNECT BTS right now. In the meantime, keep it locked with The Culture Curators for more modern art and design coming soon.
Photos via Roy Rochlin