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Whitney Museum unveils design for proposed Hudson River art installation

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If approved, the permanent installation would sit on south edge of Gansevoort Peninsula

Rendering of the proposed project, Day's End.
Courtesy Guy Nordenson and Associates/ Whitney Museum.

The Whitney Museum has revealed a rendering for its proposed public art installation on the Hudson River, just south of where Barry Diller’s defunct Pier 55 “floating park” would have taken shape. The installation, designed by artist David Hammons and entitled Day’s End, would sit on south edge of Gansevoort Peninsula, directly across from the museum, and function as a tribute to the original Pier 52.

Officials from the Whitney Museum presented the proposed design at a Manhattan Community Board 2 meeting held on Wednesday, October 4. Hammons’ design reflects an open structure that functions as a “ghost monument” that harks back to the original pier shed that stood when New York’s shipping industry was in its prime during the 19th and 20th centuries. The monument is also a tribute to the area and its history as a significant gathering place for the city’s gay community.

If materialized, the structure would be constructed from stainless steel that would “shimmer and almost disappear, changing with the light of day and atmospheric conditions,” says the press release.

“We think Day’s End is an inspiring idea that celebrates the history of the Hudson River waterfront,” said Hudson River Park President & CEO Madelyn Wils. “We look forward to hearing the community’s thoughts, and, should the project move forward, to working with the Whitney to make this a vibrant addition to Hudson River Park.”

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