Public Art Fund to Install David Shrigley Sculpture in Central Park

Public Art Fund has announced that a new public artwork, a seventeen-foot-tall granite sculpture with a shopping list engraved on its surface, titled Memorial, by British artist David Shrigley, will be the next installation at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park. Located at the southeast entrance to the park, the plaza currently features Isa Genzken’s Two Orchids, which will remain installed through August 21. Shirgley’s work will be on view from September 8, 2016, to February 26, 2017.

Public Art Fund associate curator Emma Enderby, who organized the exhibition, said of Shrigley’s upcoming installation, “Public monuments are familiar features of parks and plazas across the world and enable communities to celebrate, remember, or pay homage to great endeavors or individuals. In Memorial, however, David has chosen to celebrate one of the most familiar acts in many of our daily lives: the jotting down of a grocery list . . . By memorializing a list in this way, the work pays homage both to no one and to everyone—it’s a simple ode to humanity.”

The installation in New York will be concurrent with the artist’s Fourth Plinth Commission to be installed in London’s Trafalgar Square on September 29, which features a ten-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a thumbs-up gesture. David Shrigley lives and works in Brighton, UK, and was a Turner Prize nominee in 2013. His most recent solo exhibitions have been at Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand (2015); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2014–15); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2014); BQ, Berlin (2013); and the Hayward Gallery, London (2012).