new-york

David Finn

City Hall Park

Through the sponsorship of the Public Art Fund, Inc., sculptor David Finn has proposed five installations for outdoor public sites in New York City. Two of these proposals have been realized. The first, installed throughout the summer of 1985 on a small corner lot on the Lower East Side, was a gloomy street drama of constructed figures placed in either predatory or passive poses both within and outside the cyclone-fenced site. This was followed by Finn’s second and most recent installation, People in Trees, 1985, in City Hall Park. Whereas the earlier project converged with the angst of the setting, creating a tense ambiguity between willful intervention and natural processes of degradation and death, the City Hall Park installation was an invasion into a region of contradictory iconography that set up a new range of psychological conditions. Clearly, Finn understands the interplay of site

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