At beginning of the creation of the piece, the
'artist' had NO concept as to what the results
would be. He just did it, as they say. As twine
was spun and the piece was laid out for
organization ( similar spun colors were placed
next to each other) the 'artist'
saw/realized/conceptualized the 'garishness' of
the work and immediately thought of Times
Square. The name has stuck, and the 'artist'
still thinks it fits.
With an electric drill, multi colored acrylic
yarn was spun WITH white twine to obtain the
strands. Once all of the strands were spun, they
were laid out on the floor and organized by
similar color patterns. One the concept of the
piece was realized the bottom strands were dyed
black. The total piece was then placed on the
oak rod, the end pieces were then chosen and
glued into place. Done? Never! But one must
declare it done at some point and hang it.
DISPLAY OF PIECE:
Designed to be hung crooked, but can also be
hung straight, but, how boring. Ever time the
'artist' displays this piece it will be hung
THE 'ARTISTS' TAKE ON THE PIECE:
The 'artist' finds this piece unsettling.
Hanging the piece crooked is different from all
other pieces that the 'artist' has done. Its
unsettling! Its a symmetry problem. But it does
have to be hung crooked. Plus, the subject:
corruption hidden behind flash, is an unsettling
subject philosophically. But that is art at it's
HISTORY OF TIMES SQUARE: (brief!)
It is a major commercial intersection, and
neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York
City, USA. At various times it has been called,
"The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of
the Universe" and "The Great White Way".
According to Travel & Leisure Magazine, it is
the world's most visited tourist attraction with
over 39 million visitors each year. Daily
300,000 people pass through Times Square. It is
the site of the annual ball drop on New Years
Eve(about 1 million people attend the event each
We must remember that at one time Times Square
was just a few small buildings surrounded by
farm land and woods. Then in the 19th century
John Jacob Astor got a hold of it and made a
fortune selling off land lots as the area grew
in importance to the ever growing City of New
York. Money, money, money! It was named Times
Square in 1904. Electrified advertisement signs
showed up, the New York Times moved there in
1913. Theater's music halls and upscale hotels
moved in, and as they say, the rest was history.
During the 20' & 30's the area was besieged with
crime, corruption, gambling and prostitution. It
acquired a reputation as a dangerous
neighborhood. From the 50's to the 1990's it was
considered a seedy area due to go-go bars, sex
shops, adult theaters and drug trafficking. In
the mid 1990's the area was 'cleaned up' by
increasing security, closing the porno theaters
and generally throwing out the undesirables.
Advocates say it is now safer and cleaner;
detractors say that the area has been
homogenized or "Disneyfied" and that 'they' have
thrown out lower income people who lived there.
There are now a HUGE number of animated neon and
LED signs. Times Square is the only neighborhood
with zoning ordinances requiring building owners
to display illuminated signs. The density of
illumination now rivals that of Las Vegas.
High end restaurants, multiplex movie theaters,
ABC Studios, large financial, publishing and
media firms, and Broadway Theaters now take up
Times Squares space along with the hundreds of
thousands of daily tourists. You can now sit on
benches, have a cup of coffee and not worry
about being hit by traffic, have your pocket
picked or mugged. Times Square is now smoke fee,
if you smoke you get fined $50 dollars.
A good friend of the 'artists' once said the
'lighting' was everything. Maybe he was right as
he was also an 'artist'. So turn on the lights
and lets all be amazed.
PRICE TO PURCHASE 'TIMES SQUARE':
Considering everything: 10 thousand dollars
seems fair! However, as all things are in life,
the price is negotiable. Name your poison!