Pace Gallery is pleased to announce Arlene Shechet: Full Steam Ahead, which will be on view this fall at Madison Square Park. The artist's first major public art project, Full Steam Ahead will consist of a series of porcelain, wood, and cast iron sculptures installed around and within the emptied circular reflecting pool in the north of Madison Square Park. Riffing on the concept of a staid sculpture park as a cloistered, indoor experience, Shechet creates an outdoor sculpture court including seating elements for conversation and interaction within the Park’s teeming urban site which will be a gathering place that beckons people and sanctions interaction.
Arlene Shechet says of the project: “My hope has been to reimagine the hardscape of the Park with delight and surprise. New Yorkers rely on the sidewalks, the pavement, and the street as the core of their urban lives. Full Steam Ahead becomes a lively and human amphitheater, softening the hardscape through sculptural intervention evocative of 18th century garden landscapes.”
Arlene Shechet: Full Steam Ahead will be on view September 25, 2018 through April 28, 2019 at Madison Square Park in New York. For more information, visit Madison Square Park Conservancy's website.