Metronome by Union Square


I have seen this art installation many times (it’s been there since 1999) but never really took pictures or looked into it before… and I was just around the Union Square the other day and decided to take photos and blog about it as this is one of the many New York art installations that everyone recognizes. (but I guess it’s not being loved so much.)

It’s entitled MetronomeThe artwork was created by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel and consists of several sections, including a round circular void from which puffs of white steam are released throughout the day, and a clock made of large orange LED digits.

And I always wonder about the LED digits… apparently, it’s a clock!

On the left side of the work is a set of fifteen large LED digits, called “The Passage”, which display the time in 24-hour format. The seven leftmost digits show the time in conventional 24-hour format, as hours (2 digits), minutes (2 digits), seconds (2 digits), tenths of a second (1 digit). The seven rightmost digits display the amount of time remaining in a 24-hour day, as tenths of a second (1 digit), seconds (2 digits), minutes (2 digits), hours (2 digits). The center digit represents hundredths of a second, and appears as a blur.

For instance, if the clock reads “195641188180304” (as in the picture at right), it means that time is 19:56 (7:56 PM) and 41.1 seconds, and that there are 04 hours, 03 minutes, and 18.8 seconds remaining in the day. (From Wikipedia)


I could never read the clock even though I read all that, but it’s good to know that it’s a clock. haha

The wiki page has the artists’ statement etc. it’s so interesting to know more about the piece.

Ann Hamilton: the event of a thread


Last Sunday, I tried to go see the art installation called “the event of a thread” by Ann Hamilton. And it was the last day… and of course it was PACKED. The tickets were all sold out online, there was an 1.5 hours waiting line outside (4 blocks!), I had to give up :( (If I wasn’t with 1-year-old, I would have waited in line.)


I’m posting the video of the installation here… Doesn’t it look magical?

Note to myself: Don’t wait until the last day!!

Hindsight is Always 20/20


President Obama got re-elected last night! Speaking of presidency, there was this art installation in Brooklyn Bridge park since the Arts Festival (and now, they are all gone after the hurricane) entitled Hindsight is always 20/20: Data from the American Presidency Project.


Hindsight is Always 20/20 examines the history of the presidential State of the Union address through the metaphor of vision. Drawn from the annual addresses given by Presidents to Congress, ‘Hindsight’ consists of a single Snellen-style eye chart for each president who performed this Constitutional act. Instead of the typical eye-chart characters, the piece highlights words from their State of the Union speeches presenting the sixty-six most frequently used words from each presidential administration, starting with the most often used word on the top line. All words are unique to each chart. The result is an engaging snapshot of each presidency at the time period in which they served.




I saw many people stopping and looking at this installation. I hope it didn’t get damaged too much from the Sandy… You can see the whole thing here. (Keep clicking to see each one)

Found Art: Fish Heads


Found these fish heads installation on the lawn on Washington Street and Prospect Street — I think these were for the DUMBO Arts Festival, but hey, it’s still there! Very eye catching as you can see :)