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39 Av-Dutch Kills

Sarah Morris

Hellion Equilibrium, 2018

Laminated glass

Hellion Equilibrium is a vibrant tempered and laminated colored glass project by Sarah Morris. Installed on the elevated platforms of the 39 Av-Dutch Kills station, Morris’ project can be seen from both the platform and the street below. Hellion Equilibrium provides an evolving spectrum of color and sharp-edged shapes that invites the viewer to reflect upon the concepts of motion, scale, light, mapping, and social space through the use of organically evolving forms.

Morris, throughout her career, has been fascinated by a wide range of visual references, including GPS technologies, topological mapping, and industrial graphics. Her practice has always been interested in patterns of movement within the city, whether it be production, commuters, pedestrians, vehicles or currency. Most recently, she has incorporated QR codes referencing specific locations into her paintings, visualizing movement and how it is thought to effect human behavior and perception.

Hellion Equilibrium, fabricated by Glassworks, references an abstracted rendering of the 39 Av-Dutch Kills station’s GPS location, and features a spectrum of color and shapes that invite commuters to reflect upon various concepts, and most of all, the ideas of motion and municipal movement and travel.

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