British artist Antony Gormley has created a new public art installation in New York City that features 31 life-size sculptures of himself. The artworks are spread out throughout the Madison Square Park area of Manhattan. Some statues are obviously placed, and others are tucked away on rooftops and ledges. The work, titled “Event Horizon” is meant to spark uncertainty, questions and conversation amongst viewers.
Gormly explains at a recent press conference:
“There are two kinds of things going on: one are the inert, silent sculptures, and the other is what’s happening on the ground and how people stop each other and say, ‘Hey, what’s going on? You know, what’s this guy, what’s this silent guy who’s got no clothes on, what’s he doing here? Oh my God, there’s another one!’”
The Ace Hotel is running a photo and video contest celebrating the exhibition. More details can be found here.