Smökers

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Smökers
Photo Credit: Mark Reigelman
Lead Artist(s):

Description:
<p>The plastic orange steam-tubes placed above manholes in New York are a commonplace element within the metropolis landscape. These tubular chimneys can offer a sense of spectacle and mystery, but for the most part are one more obstacle in traversing the city. Sm&ouml;kers is a site-specific art intervention that forces spectators to reconsider the framework of a city&rsquo;s infrastructure, and redress the functionality and activation of public space. Consisting of a miniature monochromatic wooden cabin, Sm&ouml;kers temporarily replaced the brightly colored plastic steam-tubes that dot the Manhattan landscape, allowing the byproduct of the city&rsquo;s essential industrial process, which provides power and heat to thousands of homes and businesses throughout the city, to be highlighted and subverted. Inspired by Reigelman&rsquo;s childhood fascination with small hand-made German incense burners (R&auml;uchermann), the project seeks to contemplate the purpose of steam tubes, and insert the notion of whimsy and imagined narrative to the everyday.</p>
PROJECT LOCATION

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Public Space
Streetscape
Lower Manhattan; Various installation locations dependent upon steam emission.
New York City
New York City, NY 10012
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
PROJECT DETAILS

Temporary
10,000
under $50K
Grant
Installation, Performance
Metal, Painting, Wood
2016
2017