Visual Arts

Art CommissionsGI

Governors Island National Monument
South Battery
Soissons Landing
Liggett Terrace
Hammock Grove

Art CommissionsGI invites contemporary artists to create unique, site-specific, long-term pieces for Governors Island’s Park and public spaces. This year, Visitors creates new narratives about the Island by examining relationships between sculpture, performance, imagery and script. Several artists will use multiple artistic platforms and make Governors Island the center of a series of semi-fictionalized parables that bring together objects, performance and modes of retelling an interwoven chronicle. The program also includes the sound installation “Day is Done” by Susan Philipsz that is played each day approximately 15 minutes before the last ferry and four large sculptures by Mark Handforth.

Cabin by Rachel Whiteread

The Hills

As part of Art CommissionsGI, Rachel Whiteread’s permanent installation Cabin on Discovery Hill continues the British artist’s interest in producing evocative sculptures of negative spaces and structures. In this case, atop the edge of Discovery Hill, the artist has sited a concrete cast of the interior of a simple cabin, a place suggestive of retreat and introspection. Sitting modestly on the hillside overlooking New York Harbor, the sculpture creates a sense of contemplative quiet and distance from the bustle of the city across the water. Strewn around the cabin are numerous bronze casts of discarded objects including bottles, cans and other refuse; some of these objects were sourced on the Island itself.

Getting There
5 Minutes from Soissons Landing 10 Minutes from Yankee Pier
3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier

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