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150,000 Gallons of Water Transform a Room Into a Reflective Lake

The Park Avenue Armory is used to having incredible installations like in 2012 when artist Ann Hamilton set up 42 swings for both children and adults to enjoy. This year, artist-in-residence Douglas Gordon creates a breathtaking 37,000 square-foot reflective lake in the middle of the space. The installation, called tears become…streams become…, has French pianist Hlne Grimaud playing ten performances of water-themed works on a Steinway in the center of the piece. At first, when the audience arrives, the area is dry. Then, as Grimaud starts to play, the room begins to flood, becoming a reflective pool that creates the illusion that the space has doubled in depth.

“Art, music, and architecture converge in the latest work by Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon and acclaimed pianist Hlne Grimaud. This site-specific installation features an immense field of water that harnesses light, reflection, music, and sound to amplify and transform the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, encouraging viewers to acknowledge their surroundings and reexamine one of the most historic spaces in New York.”

The installation is showing for ten nights only, from now till December 21.

Park Avenue Armory website via [Vogue]
Photos by James Ewing

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