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Ann Hamilton

CHORUS, 2018

Marble mosaic

Artist Ann Hamilton has created CHORUS, an expansive field of text-based artwork in marble mosaic as part of the construction of the new WTC Cortlandt station, which is located below street level within the World Trade Center site.

The artwork features a woven field of text taken from the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which conveys a universal language and a timeless artistic excellence, bringing a calming quality to a charged place. This concordance of Rights and Declarations creates an immersive environment to be experienced by riders as they pass along the station’s platform walls.

CHORUS spans a total of 4,350 square feet and is integrated into the architectural design of the WTC Cortlandt station and the World Trade Center PATH transit hub to which it is connected. The artwork was created as the result of close collaboration between Ann Hamilton, typographic designer Hans Cogne, and skilled mosaic artisans at Mayer of Munich. Set in monochromatic marble mosaic, the woven text forms a white-on-white tactile surface framing the subway platforms and the movement of citizens throughout the site. The tactile surface invites subway riders to touch the text as they read the words, creating meaningful personal encounters meant to acknowledge the civic ideals and aspirations that form the foundation for the quality of life above.

Ann Hamilton is internationally recognized for her large-scale mixed-media installations. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her ephemeral environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites. Hamilton is a MacArthur and a Guggenheim fellow. She won the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and represented the United States in the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal, and the 1999 Venice Biennale. In 2015, Hamilton was honored with The National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the US government.

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