Ode to Scaffolds
For many centuries, artists have completed large scale paintings, frescos and murals while perched atop precarious scaffolding. A few notable examples: Michelangelo famously strained his neck looking up from scaffolds while he was working on the ceiling of the magnificent Sistine Chapel from 1508 – 1512 in Rome; and 20th Century Mexican artist, Diego Rivero, boldly executed scores of wall-sized murals that routinely involved spending weeks and months on scaffolds.
On April 2nd and 3rd, Elena and I climbed onto our own scaffolds at 40 North 4th Street in Brooklyn, New York to create our first permanent installation of The Wave. Located in the atrium of a 90-unit luxury apartment building that Elena herself designed, this version of The Wave spans three floors and overlooks a bar area on the lower level, the building’s lobby on the entry level and a floor of apartments on the second level. Here are some photos of the work in progress.