design support, fabrication, installation
 Presenting a sculpture in an abandoned warehouse encasing almost 4-million cubic feet of space was a daunting prospect.  How would the artwork compete with the vastness of this kind of gallery?  How large would the piece need to be resonate in this industrial-age relic?  We would ultimately decide on a 75-foot-long centerpiece, sculpted from 5-tons of polystyrene foam, and coated with 60-tons of sugar.   Photo by Jason Wyche    

Kara Walker | A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby

Art Domantay | Project Consultant, Director of Fabrication & Installation

In the spring of 2014, under the purview of Creative Time, I was tasked with the installation of Kara Walker’s first large scale piece, to be exhibited in the soon-to-be-demolished Domino Sugar Factory.  Kara guided us with her drawings and her conceptual insight, but engineering her giant sphinx-esque sculpture, and its surrounding procession of Sugar-Babies, was a technical feat, quickly troubleshot and executed by a top-notch team of creative minds...

 Presenting a sculpture in an abandoned warehouse encasing almost 4-million cubic feet of space was a daunting prospect.  How would the artwork compete with the vastness of this kind of gallery?  How large would the piece need to be resonate in this industrial-age relic?  We would ultimately decide on a 75-foot-long centerpiece, sculpted from 5-tons of polystyrene foam, and coated with 60-tons of sugar.   Photo by Jason Wyche    

Presenting a sculpture in an abandoned warehouse encasing almost 4-million cubic feet of space was a daunting prospect.  How would the artwork compete with the vastness of this kind of gallery?  How large would the piece need to be resonate in this industrial-age relic?  We would ultimately decide on a 75-foot-long centerpiece, sculpted from 5-tons of polystyrene foam, and coated with 60-tons of sugar.

Photo by Jason Wyche

 

SHORT VIDEO produced by CREATIVE TIME

to see a full list of the production team, visit:  http://creativetime.org/projects/karawalker/production-team/

SHORT TIME-LAPSE VIDEO produced by CREATIVE TIME

  photo credit - Andrew Burton   - full title -  At the behest of Creative Time Kara E. Walker has confected: Kara Walker - A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant.

photo credit - Andrew Burton

- full title -

At the behest of Creative Time Kara E. Walker has confected:
Kara Walker - A Subtlety
or the Marvelous Sugar Baby
an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant.

Gorgeous documentary produced by art21

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