Seven magnificent, swirling, sculptures by American Alice Aycock, were installed along New York’s Park Avenue last year. Traffic was brought to a halt as cranes lifted these monumental aluminium and fibreglass structures – up to 27 ft high and 70 ft long - into the central medians running from 52nd to 66th Street. The series, entitled Park Avenue Paper Chase, with its tilted and multidirectional whorls, furls and spirals, is reminiscent of waves, wind and turbulence – reflecting the enormous energy and dynamism of the city: “I wanted the work to have a random, haphazard quality – in some cases piling up on itself, in others spinning off into the air. It is the energy of thoughts and ideas colliding and being transmitted outward.”
Aycock has been exhibiting large-scale sculptural/architectural structures since the early 1970s. Her works are in numerous collections, including MOMA and the Whitney Museum, and her public installations are located worldwide.
Hedge, issue 37, September 2015, pp42-48