Client: Montefiore Einstein Advanced Care, Hudson Yards
Location: NEW YORK, NY, United States
Completion date: 2023
Artwork budget: $105,000
Jason Krugman Studio
Director, The Fine Art Program and Collection at Montefiore Einstein
Similar to bone or spiraling DNA, Capillary Helix is drawn taut via a multitude of lightweight internal cross braces. Capillary Helix was born through a series of steps, each adding an additional layer of intricacy. Lights on the opposing faces of the helices are inserted into drinking straws affixing their rolling surfaces together. The resulting trusses become rigid while the straws act as individual vessels for each light. Layers of hand-soldered LED mesh create a feeling of containment like organic tissue growing in layers, each with its own functionality. The light emitted from the artworks’ thousands of white and blue lights reaches out to the viewer with warmth and energy. Krugman’s experience with light as a healing and positive medium drives his search for rewarding forms.
Dimensions: 44” x 44” x 288” ( H x W x D)
Materials: Hand-soldered LED mesh, Drinking Straws
In many ways this sculpture is about organization and our efforts to repair and stay organized in a chaotic world. Healthcare and healing spaces are an answer to this challenge, creating a bubble of calm and organization where we can collaboratively use technology with a human touch for good. I am overjoyed to make artworks specifically for this setting and the people who will use this space.
The power of art to heal comes from its ability to transcend established patterns of communication. It speaks in ways that language cannot, conveying feelings with shape, texture and light. The world is intrinsically complex and chaotic. In order to resist entropy, we must constantly reorganize and fix ourselves. In this energetic artwork, I strive to convey the beauty and organization of a healthy body and mind, inspiring hope and positivity in others by gesturing towards the miraculous nature of our existence.