The Museum of Arts and Design Plans Two Giant Public Sculptures for Columbus Circle

To promote its new digital fabrication exhibition, “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital,” the Museum of Arts and Design in New York is installing two giant public sculptures right on its doorstep. The gargantuan works by Michael Rees and Richard DuPont, both built with industrial printing and milling techniques, will go on display starting Oct. 8.

Rees’s “Converge: Ghraib Bag” is a 16-foot twisting, multi-figure sculpture in the vein of Giambologna’s “The Rape of the Sabine Women,” which will be installed on Broadway between 58th and 59th. For “Going Around By Passing Through,” Dupont created a 15-foot-tall replica of his own face, which will go on view outside the museum on Columbus Circle.

The artists will also have works inside the museum in the first major museum exhibition to focus entirely on digital fabrication methods like 3D printing, CNC (computer-numerically-controlled) machining, and digital knitting. The show examines the impact of computer-assisted manufacture on 80 artists, architects, and designers, like Ron Arad, Zaha Hadid, Anish Kapoor, Allan McCollum, Marc Newson, and Roxy Paine.

“It’s looking at digital modeling and manufacturing as a current trend in art, architecture and design,” curator Ron Labaco told DNAinfo. “What else has the computer done and how else has it affected our 3D landscape?”

“Out of Hand” officially opens on October 16, but the museum is offering a holiday sneak peek on Columbus Day, October 14.

—Ashton Cooper

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