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EVA ROTHSCHILD: Empire
Eva Rothschild is creating new work that responds to the role of Doris C. Freedman Plaza as an important and heavily used entry point to Central Park. The sculpture represents a gateway, referencing the natural, muscular forms of the trees that line the site as well as the complex mass of buildings that border the Midtown Manhattan site. Rising to nearly 20 feet and spidering over the center of the Plaza, the sculpture is fabricated in four-inch diameter steel painted with red, green, and black stripes and lightly rests on the ground at ten different points. Rothschild notes, “The stripes climb over the arch in different densities and widths, the colors switching from foot to foot, transforming the fixed staggered lines into vectors and visually destabilizing what viewers know to be a solid structure. The sculpture takes the form of a multidirectional arch extending the natural arches formed by the trees that beckon the public into Central Park. The Plaza is a threshold, and the work aims not to congest the space but to heighten awareness of the shift that takes place when one steps out of the street and into the Park. It should become another gateway between two different worlds of urban experience.”
Eva Rothschild (b. 1971, Dublin) has earned a reputation as one of Great Britain’s leading sculptors. Her compelling geometric and irregular constructions employ a diverse range of materials such as metal, glass, leather, Perspex, and mosaic. Highlights of her extensive exhibition history include Cold Corners, Tate Britain Duveens Commission, Tate Britain, London (solo show, 2009); South London Gallery, London (solo show, 2007); Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich (solo show, 2004), and Un-Monumental: Falling to Pieces in the 21st Century, The New Museum, New York (group show, 2007). In spring 2011, Eva Rothschild’s solo exhibition will inaugurate the United Kingdom’s newly opened museum The Hepworth Wakefield. Her work is included in the collections of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Tate, London. Rothschild lives and works in London.