This Land is Your Land

February 26, 2014  |   Events,   Feature
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Brooklyn-based IVÁN NAVARRO (born 1972 in Santiago, Chile) has a temporary public art project called THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND. On view through April 13, 2014 in Madison Square Park, New York City, it features three water towers inside of which neon reflections repeat infinitely. The artist takes the exhibition’s title from the beloved 1940 Woody Guthrie folk song, which is both an American anthem and a vocal pull to the freedoms offered in this country for an immigrant population. The towers are elevated to a height above visitors’ heads, allowing them to walk underneath and look up into each sculpture to view the content within.

Photo by Scott Lynch, 2014
Photo by Scott Lynch, 2014
 The interior of one tower features the word “me” and “we”, another features the word “bed” and a third will display the image of a ladder all of which is composed of neon light.  An internal arrangement of mirrors will enable each word or image to repeat perpetually through a seemingly endless vertical space. Image courtesy Thelma Garcia
The interior of one tower features the word “me” and “we”, another features the word “bed” and a third will display the image of a ladder all of which is composed of neon light. An internal arrangement of mirrors will enable each word or image to repeat perpetually through a seemingly endless vertical space. Image courtesy Thelma Garcia
The public can view them day or night, but the best view of the neon reflections is when it is dark outside. They are definitely worth checking out when you are near Madison Square Park.
The public can view them day or night, but the best view of the neon reflections is when it is dark outside. They are definitely worth checking out when you are near Madison Square Park.

For more information on the artist: Iván Navarro



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