Waves and Particles was an exhibition of six kinetic sculptures by American artist, George Sherwood. The show was in conjunction with the Hudson River Park Trust, and was installed along the Greenwich Village section of Hudson River Park between Charles and Horatio Streets in New York City from May – November, 2014.
The artwork was to highlight the unique landscape of the "uplands" section of The Hudson River Park. Sherwood explores aesthetic systems of space, time, and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion. The choreography of each piece is governed by a set of basic movements, facilitated by an arrangement of aerodynamic surfaces connected by rotational points. His work is often made of stainless steel, which has reflective qualities that integrate the sculpture into its
environment. Wind speed and direction, shades of light, time of day, precipitation, and seasonal color transform the sculpture. The location adjacent to the Hudson River affords the optimal conditions for his work, given the reflected light from the waterway.
The artist, in collaboration with the gallery, proposed site-specific works to The Hudson River Park Trust, based upon prior bodies of work. The gallery and artist then worked with the HRPT's in house landscape architect to ideally situate each sculpture along the the section of the park to be addressed by the exhibition. The team worked with engineers to determine the appropriate footings for the sculptures, ensuring their safety and the safety of the viewing public at large, throughout various seasons and diverse weather conditions.
The artist comments about his work: “Each sculpture is a three-dimensional painting of shifting light, drawing all the colors of the environment, pulling down the sky, drawing up the earth and gathering everything in between. Quietly, gently stirring the light, each is alive: no beginning and no end.”
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