If you’ve enjoyed Savage/Sacred Young Minds, you’ll be happy to know there’s another spot in town where you can get your FAILE fix. Echoing pieces of their Temple, FAILE has reimagined Asian prayer wheels in the context of Time’s Square’s kaleidoscopic history for their new installation, Wishing on You, presented by Times Square Arts.
As you may have experienced in their BKM exhibition, FAILE’s highly interactive public sculptures invite both play and contemplation from the audience. Wishing on You continues this longstanding practice by asking viewers to think about what spirituality and desire look like in the context of affluent global cities and create a place of spontaneity and shared experience. Even the movement of the sculpture, with each turn of the wheel powering the neon lights on the piece, is an act of collaboration and hope rather than passive viewing.
Times Square, which is an American landscape known both for bright lights and the gathering of many communities, is also a major influence in this work. According to the artists, “Although our art is inspired by so many global influences, its roots—its DNA really—are in New York, its people, and the language of its streets. While Wishing on You really builds on Times Square’s storied past—its nickel arcades, glossy ads, and carnivalesque spirit—we are also aware of how it has served for so long as a truly American place of celebration and commemoration.”
Stop by ‘the Crossroads’ of Broadway Plaza (between 42nd & 43rd streets to be exact) now through September 1 and give their wheel and your imagination a spin!
Posted by Brooke Baldeschwiler