Martin Puryear Big Bling will be on view in Madison Square Park from May 16, 2016 through April 2, 2017. The temporary outdoor work, the thirty-third public art exhibition to be mounted by Mad. Sq. Art, the contemporary art program of Madison Square Park Conservancy, will be a multi-tier wood sculpture wrapped in fine chain-link fence. A gold-leafed shackle will be anchored near the top of the structure. At forty feet high, thirty-eight feet across and ten feet deep, Big Bling is the artist's largest temporary outdoor sculpture to date.
Following New York, Big Bling will travel for installation in Philadelphia by the Association for Public Art, opening in May 2017 where it will be on view for six months. This is a first-time collaboration between Madison Square Park Conservancy and the Association for Public Art. Both New York and Philadelphia already have permanent public pieces by Puryear: North Cove Pylons, 1995, at Battery Park City, New York and Pavilion in the Trees, 1993, in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.
For more information, please visit Madison Square Park Conservancy's website.