Friday, August 9, 2013

'Five Elements' Adorn Garment District Pedestrian Plaza

Artist Xin Song and the Fashion Center Business Improvement District recently teamed up to unveil an outdoor art exhibit titled "The Five Elements," in honor of the Eastern spiritual philosophy that the world, and everything in it, is made up of water, fire, wood, metal and earth. Five 8-foot high frames, each with a different element-themed photo collages of the neighborhood on one side, and black silhouettes on the other, are installed at each Broadway intersection from 36th to 41st streets in the Fashion/Garment District of Manhattan.  

According to the artist, each element corresponds to a different season, and the photographs largely focuses on a single color: Earth, which corresponds with the harvest, is captured through yellow tones to evoke the changing colors of the leaves in autumn. The back of each fixture, meanwhile, consists of carved silhouettes meant to evoke the wrought-iron filigrees that are characteristic of New York City architecture.

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