Projects 195: Park McArthur

Park McArthur. _STUDIO/HOME_. 2018. Stainless steel. Twenty parts, each 17 1/2 × 17 1/2 × 3 1/2" (44.5 × 44.5 × 8.9 cm). Courtesy the artist and ESSEX STREET, New York

Park McArthur. STUDIO/HOME. 2018 344_1

Park McArthur. STUDIO/HOME. 2018. Stainless steel. Twenty parts, each 17 1/2 × 17 1/2 × 3 1/2" (44.5 × 44.5 × 8.9 cm). Courtesy the artist and ESSEX STREET, New York

Returning to the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser gallery on the fourth floor, a sculpture titled, STUDIO/HOME sits on the floor.

This sculpture, made out of 20 fabricated stainless steel components, is a model of a building. The steel is grey in color and the rectangular components’ flat surfaces are subtly reflective. Each component resembles a tray and represents one floor of a building with an open floor plan. All the trays are 17.5” x 17.5” (44.5 x 44.5 cm) and have ridges that look like low walls around 3 sides that measure 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) in height.

16 of the tray-like components are identical, featuring gaps in the ridges on 2 sides of the tray. These gaps represent 2 windows on each floor.

2 of the tray-like components are identical featuring small rectangular shapes cut into the ridges on 3 sides. These rectangular shapes represent doors.

2 of the tray-like components are identical with a single sloped pan in their center, representing a ramped swimming pool. The 2 swimming pool trays stand on short legs to stabilize the descending pool.

The trays are stackable. When the trays are stacked it resembles a rectangular building standing on 4 legs (if the pool tray is used). One wall is open allowing a view into the interior of the open floor plans. If 19 trays are stacked the building measures 70” (1.8 m) tall.

The model's scale is based on 1/4th of the scale of the Museum’s 4th floor platform, inclusive of this exhibition space and the elevator bank that is beyond the gallery wall to the left when facing the large window. This platform area is part of the Museum’s last building expansion completed in 2004, and designed by architect Yoshio Taniguchi.

The duplicate nature of the tray-like floors means that the building can be displayed in numerous ways. 19 components can be stacked to form one structure with 1 tray on the floor or, for example, 10 floors can be stacked while the other 10 pieces are placed in a grid formation on the floor. The model will be reconfigured during the run of the exhibition, but no other artworks will be moved.

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