“New York is the global capital of design,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. “NYCxDESIGN showcases our homegrown talent and brings ideas, art and innovation from all over the world.”
Organized by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Public Art Fund, the three weeks of coordinated events kicked off with with a stunning new exhibit in Brooklyn.
Anish Kapoor's “Descension” features a continuously spiraling whirlpool of water in a section of Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1. It will be on display until September 10.
Kapoor is well known for his work in the public space. In 2006, he temporarily installed a 35-foot-diameter concave mirror at Rockefeller Center in a piece titled “Sky Mirror.” Perhaps his most famous exhibit is “Cloud Gate” in Chicago.
Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund, described “Descension” as a work of geometry and a force of nature.
“We hear it growl before we even see it,” he said. “Our bodies feel its physical power as the earth trembles around it. We become mesmerized by its constant motion and irresistible energy.
“It's really a remarkable breakthrough work in a material that even resists the very notion of sculpture and form,” he added.
This is the fifth year that an installation has occupied space at Brooklyn Bridge Park, which Baume called a marvel of design.
“Each year, an artist has created something even more astonishing than what we saw before, and I think that’s a testament to this extraordinary landscape and location,” he said.
Eric Landau, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, expects it will draw a large crowd.
“Kapoor’s work is truly one of a kind, and it’s an entire sensory experience that you can only experience by being right here,” he said.
For a full listing of events, visit nycxdesign.com.