Alice Aycock calls Park Avenue Paper Chase, “the energy of thought and ideas colliding and being transmitted outward.” The sculptures are tornados both in form and critical response. There has been an uproar of negativity about this work. Anything that breaks up the monotony of Park Avenue around Midtown is alright with me. These sculptures are more than that. They enliven the space. “…When does someone my age (67) get to do something like this? Aycock added. “This is like the Piazza San Marco of New York.” If only we had a space like Piazza San Marco in New York. The Park Avenue medians are crosswalks, not gathering spaces. Aycock’s work delivers us from the boredom of the Park Avenue landscape. The whiteness of the sculptures not only reminds us of the title, Paper Chase, but the color gives a weightless feeling to sculptures that are massive. Aycock’s work stimulates my imagination as a walker of the city.
Park Avenue Paper Chase
52 – 57 St. and Park Avenue
until July 20, 2014
The Fund for Park Avenue and NYC Parks’ Public Art Program