Rachel Whiteread Visits Governors Island and The Hills

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Artist Rachel Whiteread and team visit Discovery Hill on Governors Island, with Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor in the background. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Governors Island.

Recently, The Trust welcomed Turner Prize winning artist Rachel Whiteread for a chilly but exhilarating site visit to Governors Island. We were joined by consulting curator Tom Eccles and his team at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, landscape architects from West 8, and representatives from Rachel’s studio in London and her gallery Luhring Augustine,  here in New York. Why such a crowd? Construction of The Hills, one of which will be the site of a public art installation by Rachel Whiteread, are far enough along to enable the artist to better visualize how her piece will respond to its one-of-a-kind location in the middle of the New York Harbor with spectacular views and a unique maritime climate. Though the lush plantings, paths, and some of the adjacent public spaces will not be complete for another year, the artist’s creative process must begin now in order to dovetail with the complex engineering and construction schedule that the Hills require.

Rachel Whiteread is the second artist that will be featured on Governors Island as part of the newly established  Governors Island Public Art Commissioning Program. The first artist commissioned by the program, Mark Handforth, currently has four sculptures on Governors Island that will be on view to the public this summer.

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  1. YES… AS A LONG AGO GOVERNOR’S ISLAND RESIDENT (with my long-ago parents, Army officers (Mom and Dad, William J. & Margaret T. Smith) CIRCA 1960… GLAD TO KNOW THE ISLAND IS IN GOOD FORM AND BEING WELL CARED FOR! ALWAYS A JOY WHEN FLYING OVER NEW YORK (usually from Los Angeles) AND GETTING A GOOD VIEW OF GOVERNOR’S ISLAND BELOW. THANK YOU FOR CARING FOR OUR HISTORY, AND THE FUTURE. BILL SMITH. Bill Smith, P.O. Box 516, Malibu CA 90265.

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