American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, known for her text-focused artworks and sculptures, created a footstool to benefit the New York City AIDs Memorial.
The footstool will feature one of Holzer’s well-known works from her “Survival” series written in the early 80s. The phrase, “Let Your Hand Wander on Flesh to Make Possibility Multiply,” is seen as one of the artist’s more romantic works. She is also engraving Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself into the memorial’s granite pavers. This will be Holzer’s first permanent installation in New York City, although her 1982 “Messages to the Public” installation in Times Square is considered to be a groundbreaking work.
The NYC AIDs Memorial, by Brooklyn architecture firm Studio ai, will open early November in Greenwich Village at Seventh Avenue. The design utilizes mirrors to exemplify the way in which the AIDS epidemic has no definitive boundaries: “There are no definite dates or victims. In our design process, we emphasize the changing and varied ways through which AIDS affects us personally and as a society,” the firm said on its website. There will also be a new public park with granite benches and a water feature designed by Rick Parisi of M. Paul Friedberg & Partners with Manhattan-based company Rudin Management. The site will be dedicated on December 1, World AIDS Day. To inquire about pricing and learn more about the stool, go to Artspace or contact this addresss.