Surreal Contorting Sculptures of New York Skyscrapers

Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea reconfigures the composition of buildings into far more flexible forms in his upcoming public art series known as No Limit. The artist's sculptures reintroduce iconic New York City skyscrapers as retractable, curving, and even wobbly structures. The project is backed by Magnan Metz Gallery, where Arrechea's similar exhibit previously showed under the title Elasticity, and set to line the streets of Park Avenue with 10 different figures reach a height of 20 feet for a span of three months, beginning on March 1st and showing through June 9th.

The intriguing series takes a surreal look at these towering NYC landmarks, like the Empire State Building and the MetLife Building, and transforms our typical perception of their rigidity. By rendering an unconventional view of architectural monuments that are each in their own right a staple of a major city, Arrechea is offering an alternative viewpoint to strike up a conversation about what is expected and the unexpected.

The artist says, “The Park Avenue project presents a form of marriage between New York City landmarks and architectural elements from different backgrounds. These elements, I believe, symbolically parallel facets of the human condition. With this installation, I have created a set of works that confront dynamism vs static, the whole vs. the fragmented, control vs. chaos, utopia vs. reality. The series provides a new point of access from which to understand the dialogue between art and architecture and how this relationship can evolve and open new doors.”

Alexandre Arrechea website
via [designboom, Dublin Contemporary, Cuban Art News]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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