Madison Square Park announces Charles Long installation
Invoking The Beach Boys and Sigmund Freud, artist Charles Long, who has been known to stretch the definition of sculpture to its breaking point, has earned a commission to take over Manhattan's Madison Square Park this May with a show he calls Pet Sounds. The work will entail a series of colorfully-painted steel pipe railings (the kind familiar to any city park regular) winding their way around the space and culminating in shapes that evoke otherworldly beings. Even cooler, the railings, when stroked by visitors will emit sounds from deep within their steel bellies. Long sees the works as an attempt to infiltrate the collective unconscious, what Freud once called society's "free floating attention". Sounds cool and will make that long wait in the Shake Shack line a little easier to take.