“Life in the Abstract” is a new exhibition of large-scale sculptures by artist Wyatt Kahn that has landed inside City Hall Park and will remain on display until February 26, 2023.
Passers-by will notice seven works of art in rust-red Cor-Ten steel that combine elements of geometric abstraction with playful “ready-made” objects from everyday life. Translation: one of the monuments represents a pair of glasses suspended on an imaginary shape while another is a massive comb resting on another undefined piece.
According to an official press release, “Parade” is the largest of the seven sculptures included in the installation and weighs nearly 3,300 pounds while measuring over 15 feet wide. The other pieces are named “Untitled”, “Umbrella”, “Painting the Painter”, “Morning”, “Sideways Curl” and “The Friends”.
Kahn is no stranger to juxtaposition. In fact, throughout his career he has focused his work on the relationship between different canvases, sizes and shapes.
“The characters and groups in this exhibit each have their own narrative, and I hope visitors will find their own meaning in the works based on their own experiences,” Kahn said in an official statement. “For me, the potted plant in my new sculpture Morning (2021) represents nurturing an idea, while someone else can remember the plant they grew throughout the pandemic.”
“Life in the Abstract” adds to a fairly long list of public art that inhabits the city. If you’re craving more of the same, browse our list of the best outdoor arts in New York to find out this summer here.