New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Chakaia Booker

A large metal sculpture stands in the middle of the street, similar to an empty rectangular picture frame. The “frame” is crowded with undulating, coiling metal sculptural elements that occasionally end in spikes. Behind stand three vertical twisting, net-like metal sculptures.
Mar 08, 2012, to Apr 27, 2014

Internationally renowned sculptor Chakaia Booker works almost exclusively with recycled tires that are cut, shaped and folded, then woven into dynamic, highly textured sculptures. Her large-scale expressive works fuse ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender. The installation comprised four sculptures, including a new work that Booker created specifically for the project.

New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Chakaia Booker Installation, Photo by Lee Stalsworth

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