Point of View, by Romy Scheroder, was a playful, memorable, functional approach to public art, which took an iconic object and gave it an unexpected twist, thereby changing audiences’ perception and interactions. The Point of View series altered the familiar Adirondack Chair, cutting, remixing and recombining pairs of chairs into a single hybrid to create unique objects and experiences for visitors. These participatory sculptures invited pairs of viewers to become “sitters,” playing with their awareness of sight and communication. Each piece in the series created a different interaction for the sitters in which they shared both physical as well as social space. Close enough to whisper or far enough to speak, facing one another or positioned at radically different angles, each of the pieces in the Point of View series encouraged sitters to relate with art, with the park and with each other in unconventional ways.
Photo Credit: Electric Zoo photos by Bennett Sell-Kline for ElectricZooFestival.com
This past Saturday was my scheduled day to install Point of View. We had a great day considering the few obstacles my team faced. We pulled it off and it looks really fantastic and I am pleased with the outcome.
I must give a big THANK YOU to Eric, Chris and their staff who were so very accommodating, bringing me water to mix my cement and checking up on me. To Max, who worked in the heat of the day to dig the holes and mix cement, to Vladimir my studio assistant and to the Committee at the Bronx Museum (Sergio and his staff), Randall's Island Sports Foundation (Anne and Amy) and The Rockefeller Foundation committee who believed in my project.
Final photos to come.
Tiggerific, Blast off Yellow, Underwater Wonders.
Deciding on colours for the project may have been the hardest stage. So many and yet still so few.
The chairs arrived this week. Can’t wait to get my hands on them and begin the process of assembling, marking, cutting and reassembling. While I made many sketches and maquettes, I won’t know how the chairs need to be configured until I sit in them and experience them physically.
This is a new area for me; so far none of my chairs have been intended for actual use. I’m very excited to pair the conceptual and the ergonomic, designing a trio of chair pairs that create a physical and social experience for my audience.
Stay tuned and pictures will come soon.