Creative Time

Creative Time has augmented the buildings and streets of Manhattan since 1974 with commissions of public art. I had the opportunity to participate in one of their commisioned projects, the 2002 Holiday Light Show. Creative Time invited KDLAB to have work projected onto Grand Central Station’s spectacular cosmic ceiling. KDLAB founders, Joseph Kosinski & Dean Di Simone conceived and I executed, Starduster. 3D rendered animations of a janitor sweeping the cosmos, occasionally puncuated by star bursts. This type of project is highly indicative of their original commissions and they have now begun to extend beyond New York to Las Vegas and New Orleans.

To celebrate their arbitrary 33rd Anniversary, Creative Time had select artists post 33 commerative plaques around New York of historically significant events that fueled creativity. In collaboration with Princeton Architectural Press, Creative Time: The Book has also been published.

CREATIVE TIME: THE BOOK exposes how this visionary cultural provocateur completely changed the notion of art in the public realm and made it possible for more than 1300 artists to create over 300 awe-inspiring works that enlivened and transformed the city over the past three decades. The book, published by Princeton Architectural Press, features 325-pages of photos and text by a wide range of acclaimed scholars and artists exploring the issues, ideals, and values that have defined the organization, as well as NYC’s history. From legendary projects such as Art on the Beach, Art in the Anchorage, Tribute in Light, and cloud writing to small and timely interventions that gave artists a voice – all gave us moments of surprise, often inspiration, and enabled us to experience the city in new ways.

More information on the book is available at the Creative Time: The Book page that details how Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker of karlssonwilker inc. implemented five thousand unique covers for the book. The book is available now from Amazon.com.


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