The New York-based artist Sarah Sze is known for her complex sculptures and site-specific installations. Sarah Sze utilizes everyday objects in her installations such as tea bags, water bottles, light bulbs, and electric fans. Her works manipulate the space, be it a gallery, domestic interior or public space.
For the High Line, Sarah Sze created a site-specific piece that forms an open gateway that frames the views to the north and south. In addition to its visual appeal, the complex installation serves as bird, butterfly and insect observatory, with perches, feeding spots and birthbaths. The artwork is titled Still Life With Landscape (Model for a Habitat).
Sarah Sze was born in 1969 in Boston. She graduated from Yale University in 1991 and received a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1997. Sze had solo projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. She currently has a solo exhibition of her work up at MARMAC, Niece France. Her work has been exhibited in international venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, the Whitney Biennial, and the Sao Paolo Biennial. Sze is a 2003 John and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow. Upcoming exhibitions/projects include Sarah Sze: Works on Paper, Asia Society, New York; a choreographic collaboration with Trajal Harell, which will premier at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; a permanent installation for Estuaire in Nantes, France; and a solo exhibition at the Mudam in Luxembourg.
Sarah Sze: Still Life With Landscape (Model for a Habitat) / The High Line, New York. September 24, 2011.
PS: This Google Street View shows Sarah Sze in the act of installing her piece on the High Line.
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