Brian Tolle: Whitney Biennial 2002 - Waylay

About the Exhibition

Artists Keith Edmier, Roxy Paine, Kiki Smith, Kim Sooja, and Brian Tolle were commissioned to make dynamic new works suited for specific sites within Central Park for the Public Art Fund and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s co-curated exhibition in Central Park as part of the Whitney Museum’s 2002 Biennial Exhibition. Together, these five installations represent a broad overview of contemporary approaches to public art that are both thought-provoking and accessible to the largest possible audience.

Bow Bridge is the white 19th-century cast-iron landmark spanning the Central Park Lake. There, beneath the bridge, Brian Tolle (b.1964, New York City, NY) presents Waylay, a series of scattered splashes which appear to be caused by someone skipping a rock across the water. Created by an invisible underwater system of compressed air valves, this piece has both a playful and ghostly presence, subtly disrupting the everyday calm of the lake.



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