Monday, February 18, 2008
This beautiful sculpture, Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks is the first of what should be a number of projects funded by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. Artist Alice Aycock designed the piece which stands on the east bank of the Cumberland River, across from downtown Nashville. Ghost Ballet is 100 feet high, 100 feet wide, and 60 feet deep, and, depending on the angle from which you're viewing it, it takes on a different appearance. It sits, by the way, on what remains of a crane from which the Nashville Bridge Company built and launched bridges.
Ghost Ballet is stationary, but Aycock says that it evokes "static movement," meaning you can see movement in its structure. Aycock, whose works have appeared in the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as at the Philadelphia Airport and San Francisco Public Library, used steel, industrial metals and neon to build the piece.
COMING TOMORROW: The Birdhouse Thing