Mexican artist Bosco Sodi is preparing to create his first art installation in New York City, at Washington Square Park. Titled Muro, the installation will be built from 1,600 removable clay timbers, fired at Sodi’s studio in Oaxaca, Mexico, forming a two-meter-high by eight-meter-long wall.
Muro will be displayed on September 7, 2017, for one day only. Park visitors will be able to take home a timber, each signed by the artist. The installation acts as a “communally co-owned work of art”, that expands on Sodi’s “ongoing interest in organic processes beyond the artist’s control”. The wall also elicits metaphors of overthrowing the primary function of a wall as a “device of separation”, and instead “empowers the community to remove this physical barrier and its inherent symbolism.”
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