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The Fluid
Chris Doyle
Fulton Center & Dey Street Concourse
September 2017 through December 2017

Commissioned by Arts & Design, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Chris Doyle’s The Fluid is the most recent iteration of digital animations based on Hudson River painter Thomas Cole’s cycle of paintings The Course of Empire. Like the earlier animations in the series, The Fluid continues to explore the way we view landscape through a culturally constructed frame. The piece weaves together references to contemporaneous Hudson River and Japanese Edo painting, 20th century abstraction, as well as the our complex  relationship to water, through its stylized depictions of landscape.

The Fluid focuses on the rhythmic aspects of water at every scale, from phase change to the global water cycle, and the fragility of that cycle. Presented as a constant flow, the piece drifts between forms of representation and abstraction to echo the tidal motion of daily commuters passing throughout Fulton Center.

As commuters flow through the station, Doyle’s immersive 52-channel digital animation can be seen for two minutes at the top of each hour in the Fulton Center complex and the Dey Street pedestrian tunnel that connects to the R line and the World Trade Center PATH station. The work will be on view until December 2017.

The work is presented by MTA Arts & Design with technical support from Westfield Properties and ANC Sports.


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