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Iván Navarro’s Reservoir Towers are up!

Have you seen the latest Mad. Sq. Art contemporary art program? My light crush and socio-politically charged artstar Iván Navarro has been hard at work getting this amazing installation up! Can’t wait to see it in person next week for Armory Arts Week!!  For me this project is as good as it gets… one of my favorite visual artists in a quintessential public art venue in New York ~ Congrats Iván!!

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Artist Iván Navarro states: “I like the idea of a reservoir of water. This simple and timeless wooden structure contains water—the most primitive and elemental resource, the essence of human sustenance, and a reminder of the basic condition that all humanity shares. We must guarantee our water in order to survive. In that sense the water tanks are containers of primordial knowledge. Their form and material are equally archaic: they are simple circular huts with conical roofs, made of wood. Less obvious but nonetheless important is their reference to watchtowers due to their elevated position. Although they are benign objects, there is the sense that they are quietly surrounding us, surveying the city below. These water towers metaphorically function as tall ornamental crowns on the tops of the large buildings that dominate the urban landscape. They punctuate the glory of modern civilization while reclaiming its humanity.”

Image credit: James Ewing Photography

The Madison Square Park installation coincides with the February 2014 release of the first monograph on Iván Navarro. Written by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz with contributions by Hilarie M. Sheets and Paul Kasmin Gallery, Iván Navarro is published by Skira Rizzoli.

About the Artist:

Iván Navarro (b. 1972 in Santiago, Chile; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is internationally renowned for his socio-politically charged sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light. In 2009, he represented Chile in at the 53rd Venice Biennale.


Recent solo and group exhibitions include the Frost Museum of Art in Miami (2012); the Prospect.2 Biennial in New Orleans (2011); Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York (2010); Distrito 4 in Madrid (2010); Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem, Israel (2010); Tierra de Nadie in Caja de Burgos, Spain (2010); Towner Contemporary Art Museum in Eastbourne, UK and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (2009); Greenaway Gallery-Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts in Australia (2008); Centro Cultural Matucana 100 in Santiago, Chile (2007); Witte de With in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2006); and MOCA at Goldman Warehouse in Miami (2006). His work is held in the public and private collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA), Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), Towner Contemporary Art Museum, (Eastbourne, UK), LVMH Collection (Paris), Saatchi Collection (London), Martin Z. Margulies Warehouse (Miami, FL), and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).  Iván Navarro is represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery.

 About Mad. Sq. Art and Madison Square Park Conservancy:

Mad. Sq. Art is the free, contemporary art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

3 Responses to “Iván Navarro’s Reservoir Towers are up!”
  1. I noticed it last week in the snow – quite eerie, almost like a settlement of tree-dwellers had camped in the Square

  2. Mat Ibaiguren says:

    Water towers in NY again. I guess you can do a good work from everything, even in this touristic basic element of the city, we can see that in Bernd and Hilla Becher work… but this is not the case. The socio-political statement is quite forced to justify the work and make it worse

  3. Frederick Bulon says:

    What has to do Woody Guthrie and the immigrants with this pieces?

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