Can a work of public art change your idea about a landscape? Teresita Fernandez‘ piece, Fata Morgana altered my view of Madison Square Park. Situated across the street from the iconic Flat Iron Building, Madison Square Park is fairly ordinary. Up until now, my favorite feature of the park has been the ability to cut the hypotenuse … 23 street to 26 street. It’s a kind of legal jaywalking.
I’ve been told that some people “hate” Fata Morgana, because it closes off the sky. I have to disagree. 500 ft long, in six sections of mirror polished golden metal, Fata Morgana heightens your senses. It’s not that you can’t see the sky; it’s that the sky looks different.
“My concept was to invert the traditional notion of outdoor sculpture by addressing all of the active walkways of the Park rather than setting down a sculptural element in the Park’s center. By hovering over the Park in a hortizontal band. Fata Morgana becomes a ghost-like sculptural, luminous mirage that both distorts the landscape and radiates golden light.” Teresita Fernandez
Fata Morgana plays with reflections, but it also frames things. It’s like playing around with the iPhone camera. “Not to find ones’s way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance – nothing more. But to lose oneself in the city – as one loses oneself in a forest – that calls for quite a different schooling. The flaneur goes botanizing on the asphalt.” Walter Benjamin. Fata Morgana gives you a chance to go botanizing on asphalt.
June 1, 2015 – Winter 2015-16