Here at ArtWalk, we love to discover artists old and new, who have made a mark on the city with their work. One project that stood out to me recently was Wayfinding. Just as ArtWalk tries to showcase and tell the story of public art dotted all around New York, artist Bundith Phunsombatlert created a piece that directs viewers to 100 public sculptures all across town.
Bundith was nice enough to meet me in Flushing Meadow Park, whereWayfinding is displayed, in early August, and tell me more about his work.
The installation is comprised of 6 signposts with directional signs to 100 public sculptures around New York City. An original image of the sculpture and the distance in miles from the sign to the art is all that is displayed. Viewers are invited to consider the distance between the signs and the significance of the journey between the sign and the destination.
Bundith selected the 100 sculptures to provide a mix between the iconic, lesser known, and hidden public art. When you do visit the project, take note of this neat detail: the location of a sign on the post corresponds to its relationship to the ground. The sign for the Statue of Liberty is at the top of the post, while ‘A Gathering’ – Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz’s installation of cast iron birds inside the Canal Street subway station – is at the bottom.
Bundith was inspired in part by his own experience of navigating New York City when he first moved here. I asked him whether he had a favorite amongst the works he selected. It turns out that he has a soft spot for the Lenin sculpture atop the Red Square building, whose story, incidentally, is covered in our Bowery walk.
To find out more about Bundith’s work, to help him finance the move of the signposts to their next location after November 15th, and to access a map of the 100 works across the city, visit www.wayfindingNYC.com.