The Public Art Fund brings Oscar Tuazon’s People to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Oscar Tuazon, An Error, 2010. Installation view as part of “Perpetual Battles,” Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow.

It’s been just two years since Oscar Tuazon installed An Error at Baibakov Art Projects, as part of the exhibition “Perpetual Battles,” but in that time, the artist has had more exhibitions than some artists have in their careers (including participation in Bice Curiger’s project at the Venice Biennale as well as a major piece in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.)

Today, New York’s Public Art Fund will reveal Tuazon’s latest, a set of three sculptures built in response to the Brooklyn Bridge. Entitled “People,” the work will remain in the park until April 26, 2013.

Oscar Tuazon selecting trees from New York’s Hudson Valley for his project in Brooklyn. Photo @The Art Newspaper

Tuazon spoke to The Art Newspaper about the project, which he describes as “site-responsive” instead of site-specific:

The Art Newspaper: How different is it creating work for a park as opposed to a gallery space?

Oscar Tuazon: Specific to this location: the skyline of Manhattan is incredible. The first thing I realised when I visited is that it’s pointless to try and do something massive because you’ll never be able to compete with the skyline. So, I decided to do something that was human in scale. And to me, trees are human scale. They’re bigger than people, but even on a monumental scale, I think a tree is still something that’s quite approachable because it has human qualities. The tree is also an interesting object in terms of its verticality. Like a totem pole, it doesn’t necessarily have to be massive to do something interesting to the space around it. Its verticality [makes it interesting]. These three pieces are trying to almost function as utilitarian objects within the park. They should be used.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Congratulations to Oscar and the Public Art Fund on this commission!

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