NEW YORK—Chakaia Booker uses recycled rubber tires to create the layered and textured surfaces that define her sculptures. After gracing New York Avenue in Washington, D.C., with her works for two years, she installed a group of five sculptures on Broadway between 36th and 41st streets in the Garment District this spring. Titled “The Sentinels,” the series includes “LBD Duty Free,” a new sculpture produced specifically for her New York presentation.
The dynamic exhibition is seamlessly integrated among the tables and chairs placed down the middle of Broadway and is one of several must-see public art installations on view in New York this summer.
“Placing these sculptures in the Garment District suggests a cross pollination, and cultivation of current, past and future behavior,” said Chakaia Booker in a press release for the project. “I hope this installation helps create a sense of community progression, symbolizing how this neighborhood has grown into the vibrant, creative and artistic center it is today.”
The release also describes how Booker creates and builds the sculptures: “With the help of her fabricator Alston Van Putten Jr., she uses design software to cultivate an idea and then create a small-scale model. They then use this small-scale model as a guide for the actual support framework, made of steel. She employs a variety of power tools to manipulate the tires into the desired forms and attach them to the stainless steel frames.”
Presented by the Garment District Alliance, “The Sentinels” is on view from June 5 and is on view through mid-November 2014.
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