Debuting this summer, San Francisco-based sculptor Davina Semo’s large-scale installation of interactive bells will be sited along the New York City waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The exhibition builds on a series of bells that she began developing in 2016. Multiple towering structures that each house a bronze bell can be rung by park-goers, evoking public modes of communication and harkening back to New York City’s maritime history. Located adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge, Semo’s work explores our relationship to industrial materials and the built environment that we encounter every day. Alluding to the bell’s function of calling a community to attention—whether that be bells hung within a tower at the town square to tell the time or ferries traveling along the New York Harbor—Semo’s work will activate the pier, highlighting the civic nature of art in public space. In considering how we occupy and navigate these spaces, she creates powerful work that invites connection and communication in an effort to inspire a greater awareness of our surroundings and ourselves.
This exhibition is curated by Public Art Fund Curator Daniel S. Palmer.