Turner Prize Winner Susan Philipsz Awarded Commission for Permanent Piece on Governors Island

This bridge over the River Clyde in Scotland was the site of “Lowlands”, a sound installation by Philipsz (photo from nytimes.com)
Turner Prize winning artist Susan Philipsz has been selected to create a piece of permanent public art on Governors Island. Philipsz was chosen by The Trust through the City’s Percent for Art Program. Percent for Art is a commissioning program that integrates permanent works of art into publicly funded capital projects through an equitable artist selection process. Philipsz’s commission will be the first work in an ongoing public art program opening with the new park and public spaces in 2013.
Philipsz was born in Glasgow, Scotland and currently works and lives in Berlin.  She was recognized in 2010 with the prestigious Turner Prize, a contemporary art award that is given annually to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding work or exhibition. Her work has appeared at the Melbourne International Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and on Governors Island as a part of Creative Time’s “Plot 09: This World and Nearer Ones” exhibition in 2009. While many of her installations have been temporary in nature, her work here will be permanent and will be sited in the future park and public spaces that are included in phase 1 of the Park and Public Space Master Plan. Philipsz’s work will be completed in 2013 and she has not yet selected site(s) for her work.
Philipsz’s piece is the first in a new commissioning program on the Island that will be curated by Tom Eccles.
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  1. […] Philipsz is listening near and far during a sound test of her piece “Day is Done.” The piece is the first permanent public art commission for Governors Island. The sound test coincided with […]

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