Public Art Project: David Hammons: Day's End
On Permanent View

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The Whitney, in collaboration with Hudson River Park, has developed a permanent public art project with New York-based artist David Hammons (b. 1943). Entitled Day's End (2014–21), this monumental installation is on permanent view in Hudson River Park, directly across from the Museum. Day’s End 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 is an open structure that precisely follows the outline, dimensions, and location of the original shed—and like Matta-Clark's work, it offers an extraordinary place to experience the waterfront and view the sunset. Hammons’s Day’s End also alludes to the history of New York’s waterfront—from the heyday of its shipping industry to the reclaimed piers that became a gathering place for the gay community. Measuring 52 feet high at its peak, 325 feet long, and 65 feet wide, this public artwork is visible from numerous vantage points at the Museum and from multiple locations along the Hudson River Park promenade.


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