10 Jun Sarah Sze’s LaGuardia Sculpture Featured in The New York Times
“Shorter than the Day,” named after a line in an Emily Dickinson poem, suspends from the ceiling at the departures level and descends through an opening in the floor to be seen overhead at baggage claim. The sculpture is a randomized spherical grid composed of 1/4″ steel bars, welded together into segments, powder coated, and mechanically assembled into place. Fastened to the rim of the sphere are over 930 image panels made of aluminum plates of varying shape and size, each powder coated with embedded images of the sky that were shot throughout the day in New York as the light shifted.
The sculpture was inspired in part by how the Grand Central Terminal clock has come to define the landmark it inhabits, and how we measure the feeling of “shifting time and place” when we get on a plane, as Sze says.
“Shorter than the Day” will be unveiled this Saturday, June 13th at LaGuardia’s Terminal B!