What are the implications of realizing an artist's work posthumously? Can there be extra-institutional public art? How can one activate a public discourse without 200,000 or two million dollars? On September 17th a barge carrying a small replica of Central Park began circumnavigating the island of Manhattan. The project, originally conceived by the artist Robert Smithson, was often compared to the then recently completed "Gates Project" by Christo and Jeanne-Claude since both projects engaged Fredrick Law Olmsted's masterpiece and had taken many decades to see their completion. The barge however was also referred to as an "anti-gate" project for costing a mere 200,000 rather than two million dollars.
In keeping with its institutional policy of doing extra-institutional interventions, and at a cost of 2,000 dollars, The Bruce High Quality Foundation set out to film a floating gate next to Floating Island. The foundation members were somewhat stunned by the attention that the project received. In large part the attention came simply because of a photograph taken by one man in the twenty-somethingth floor of an office building in DuMBo, and the image took on a life of its own.
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