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Liz West: Hymn to the Big Wheel

One Manhattan West

August 11, 2022 - September 25, 2022

Hymn to the Big Wheel sculpture

Curated by MASSIVart

Hymn to the Big Wheel is an immersive sculptural work exploring the illusion and physicality of color and natural light in space. Consisting of a multi-colored octagon nestled within a larger octagonal shape, this work encourages the viewer to reposition and align themselves to differing colorways to see a changing scope of colors mixing before their eyes.

Constructed using transparent colored sheets, the work prompts the playful movement of visitors to explore the work in context with their surroundings. This saturated installation is an energizing beacon of color that radiates across the space it inhabits, creating an intriguing interplay of colored shadows for people to discover. The viewer becomes performer within the work as they move around the inside and outside of the structure to explore the changing optics and colorways mixing within the installation. The jewel-like colors create diverse mixes and blends when viewed from different angles from around the installation, as well as producing a sundial effect by casting multi-colored shadows on the asphalt.

Hymn to the Big Wheel was originally commissioned by Canary Wharf Group for Summer Lights 2021.


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395 9th Avenue
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Manhattan West Plaza

Date & Time

August 11, 2022 - September 25, 2022