Day is Done

Susan Philipsz looks to the military history of Governors Island for inspiration. Her piece titled, “Day is Done,” (2013) is a large-scale instrumental ‘call and response’ sound installation that spans the new park at Liggett Terrace and Yankee Pier. The work takes the four notes that make up the military bugle call Taps and separates them into two groups of four speakers located in Liggett Terrace and Yankee Pier. The speakers call out to each other across the Island and become recognizable depending on where the listener stands. The work is played every day at 6pm. Setting the work against the evening is both a reminder that ‘day is done’ and that it’s time to leave, but also adds an element of melancholy to the work as it can be experienced both on the Island and from the ferry leaving the Island behind.