Opening on 26 June 2021, Fallen Sky is a new permanent commission by Sarah Sze. The work is comprised of a deliberately incomplete and increasingly delicate 36-foot-diameter spherical cavity, sheathed in mirrored stainless steel.
Speaking about the commission, Sze says, 'Fallen Sky is cradled in the expansive landscape of Storm King. Pressing into the earth, the concave sculpture reflects the concave sky, creating a sense of the landscape in reverse. As visitors peer into the reflection, they are immersed in the sky from above and below, teetering between a sense that the sculpture has dropped from above and sense that it is emerging from the earth. Framed by the landscape, the work erases the land and gives form to the air, allowing an intimate view of what is normally vast and immeasurable.'
To inaugurate the commission, a special exhibition including a new, site-specific installation from the artist, entitled Fifth Season, is on view in Storm King's Museum Building until 8 November 2021. Together, the exhibition and permanent commission explore landscape as both idea and aesthetic practice, building on the artist's ongoing preoccupation with themes of entropy, temporality, and subjectivity.
Image: Sarah Sze, Fallen Sky, 2020–21
Courtesy the artist