Van Gogh´s Ear
The world famous Danish/Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset has transformed the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center this spring. Their large-scale new work Van Gogh´s Ear is a sculpture that takes form of a swimming pool. With it´s cyan blue interior, polished stainless steel ladder, bright lights and diving boards the sculpture was conceived specifically for this site, where fashion, commerce, tourism, business and art collide. The sculpture appears as a playful contradiction of a familiar object surprisingly placed at the iconic site.
“The sculpture recalls the 1950s-style pools found in front of some Californian private homes, in contrast to this very public East coast urban setting. It is as if an alien spaceship had landed in the midst of this prominent and busy environment. One can dream of lazy days under the sun while surrounded by all the traffic and business going on at Rockefeller Plaza. The title Van Gogh’s Ear plays on the mythological versus the ordinary. We thought it was a perfect name for a swimming pool of this shape. It opens up the possibility for a different perception of the form itself. And like the myth of Van Gogh cutting off his ear in despair, the dislocated pool will hopefully make people wonder ‘why?’, and pursue their own reasoning behind this inexplicable scenario,” said Elmgreen & Dragset. Van Gogh´s Ear will be on view until June 3, 2016. The sculpture is commissioned by the Public Art Fund which goal is to bring dynamic contemporary art to a broad audience in New York City and beyond by mounting ambitious free exhibitions of international scope and impact that offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment.
Elmgreen & Dragset : Van Gogh’s Ear, 2016 . Steel, fiberglass, stainless steel and lights . Height appr: 354 in, width appr: 197 in, depth appr: 95 in.
Daylight images: Courtesy the artists and the K11 Art Foundation, Galerie Perrotin, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, and Victoria Miro Gallery. Photo: Guillaume Ziccarelli.
Night images: Courtesy the artists and the K11 Art Foundation, Galerie Perrotin, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, and Victoria Miro Gallery . Photo: Jason Wyche, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY