Kim Dickey Sculptures at Memorial Sloan Kettering's David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care - CODAworx

Kim Dickey Sculptures at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care

Submitted by Melissa Dallal, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Client: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Location: New York, NY, United States

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Artist

Kim Dickey

Kim Dickey Studio

Fabricator

Lynette Case

Kim Dickey Studio

Fabricator

Lauren Mayer

Kim Dickey Studio

Fabricator

Logan Reynolds

Kim Dickey Studio

Fabricator

Juno Works

Fabricator

Greyscape Studios

Fabricator

Matchless Builds

Fabricator

DuChateau Enlargements

Project Lead

Melissa Dallal

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Executive Director of Design

Suzen Heeley

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Senior Project Manager

Lisa Wang

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Chief Architect

Richie Choy

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Project Manager, Wayfinding + Signage

Elizabeth Stoltenberg

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Director, Design + Construction

Roger McClean

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Project Manager

Erik Bronstein

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Video Specialist

Don Bruce

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Senior Project Manager, Marketing + Communications

Matt Barone

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Manager, Information Technology

Sam Palmucci

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Landscape Architect

RGR Landscape

Contractor

Lend Lease

Lighting Consultant

HLB Lighting

Consulting Architect

Perkins Eastman

Master Riggers

JC Duggan

Trucking

Stevens West

Contractor

Turner Construction

Consulting Architect

Ennead

Consulting Engineer

Thornton Tomasetti

Art Curator

Cade Tompkins Projects

Kim Dickey Gallery

Robischon

Overview

Overlooking the East River in New York City, this installation features five large scale sculptures by Colorado-based artist Kim Dickey. Included are two of Dickey’s signature terracotta-clad aluminum sculptures, "Half Arch" and "Inverted L Beam," and three concrete animals: a seated lion, "The Guardian (Patience)," a dog, "The Girlfriend (Fidelity)" and a squirrel, "The Collector (Memory)." The foliated sculptures blend animal and architecture in dialogue with the natural forms of the garden. The architectural forms of "Half Arch" and "Inverted L Beam" bookend the terrace, framing the views beyond. The sculptures, clad with thousands of green ceramic quatrefoils, reinterpret at a larger scale the Rococo decorative art tradition of bocage, objects encased by clustered, miniature flowers. The concrete foliated seated lion, dog and squirrel animate the stage of this garden space as part of the landscape independent from ornamental architectural traditions. For Dickey, these particular animals hold associations with attributes that help sustain us, such as courage, memory, loyalty and friendship.

Goals

In keeping with the new center's collection of over 1,250 art works themed around celebrating New York, Dickey drew upon architectural and art historical references throughout NYC - from Robert Morris plinth sculptures from the 1960s on view at the Whitney Museum to the iconic guardians of the New York Public Library, "Patience" and "Fortitude," and to the ornamental capitals and facades found on buildings across the boroughs - connecting this building’s site and its visitors to points beyond it. In making these works for MSK, Dickey hoped that they "offer a source of healing and hope in the way only art can."

Process

This project involved a vast collaborative team to see it through from planning to production to install. Kim Dickey worked with multiple fabricators and her own studio team. MSK coordinated between Kim and the David H. Koch Center's consulting architects, landscape designers, engineers, lighting consultants, contractors and riggers to plan and install the works, culminating in a complex operation to get the sculptures transported from Colorado to New York and hoisted up the side of the building and placed via rigs on the terrace.

Additional Information

The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering is New York’s largest freestanding cancer center located on 74th Street and the East River. The building opened to the public in 2020 and offers outpatient cancer care across multiple specialties.