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Proposed Public Art Project David Hammons, Day's End
The Whitney has proposed a public art project by David Hammons (b. 1943) that would be located in Hudson River Park along the southern edge of Gansevoort Peninsula, directly across from the Museum.
Day’s End, proposed to the Whitney by Hammons, derives its inspiration and name from Gordon Matta-Clark's 1975 artwork in which he cut five openings into the original Pier 52 shed. Hammons’s artwork would be an open structure that precisely follows the outline, dimensions, and location of the original shed—and like Matta-Clark's work, it would offer an extraordinary place to experience the waterfront and view the sunset. Affixed to the shore on the south edge of Gansevoort Peninsula, the structure would extend over the water, employing the thinnest possible support system. It would appear evanescent and ethereal, seeming to shimmer and almost disappear, changing with the light of day and atmospheric conditions. Hammons’s Day’s End also alludes to the history of New York’s waterfront—from the heyday of New York's shipping industry to the reclaimed piers that became a gathering place for the gay community. Open to everyone, the artwork would allow easy access to the river's edge.
If the proposed work is realized, the Museum will develop a series of programs organized in collaboration with the Whitney Education Community Advisory Network (WECAN), which brings together local residents, teachers, parents, and other community-based organizations. The Whitney will explore and preserve the history of the waterfront, the Gansevoort Peninsula neighborhood, and the Day’s End project through oral-history interviews with longtime neighbors, merchants, artists, community activists, and cultural leaders, the production of a documentary film, and publication and development of interpretive material on site, online, and for mobile use.
David Hammons, sketch of the proposed project, Day's End, 2015
In the News
Evoking Manhattan’s past with a strikingly modern vision, the Whitney Museum of American Art unveiled designs . . . for a massive, airy sculpture by David Hammons crossing into the Hudson River—a project that would be one of the largest public art installations in New York.
—The New York Times
"The legendary David Hammons has a new project on deck, and it's going to be his most ambitious endeavor yet."
"Whitney Reveals Plans for David Hammons Sculpture Alluding to Gordon Matta-Clark"
"As ‘Diller Island’ Sinks, Whitney Plans Major Artwork on Hudson"
—The New York Times