ARTLANTIC: Wonder, a five-year, outdoor, public art project, is adding to its mystifying features on the Boardwalk.
Conceptual land artist Peter Hutchinson will be one of the newest players in the construction of ARTLANTIC pieces in Atlantic City.
Hutchinson is known for his “thrown rope” pieces that portray themes of chance and the whims of nature. With two different locations in ARTLANTIC: Wonder, this will be his largest work to date. His first site will get started Monday, May 6, at the site at Pacific Avenue between Martin Luther King Boulevard and South Indiana avenues.
His technique involves throwing the rope and then, based on where it lands, marking the space with flowers, hedges or rocks. The piece will allow another whimsical element to the ARTLANTIC site.
Another artist adding pieces of art to ARTLANTIC is sculptor Jedediah Morfit. He will be offering a practical addition to the site, as his work includes cast aluminum furniture such as chairs and love seats. Referencing Victorian garden furniture, the pieces will give guests a place to sit while they explore what ARTLANTIC: Wonder has to offer.
But, Morfit’s work won’t just be a representation of guests needing a rest, the backs of the chairs will incorporate miscellaneous objects including lighters, stereos, lawn sprinklers, fish, seagulls and shoes. These objects represent the destruction and debris left behind from Hurricane Sandy. Three sets of furniture will be positioned along the Boardwalk, with the first three chairs installed in early May and the first three benches in early July. The work will be complete in August.
Morfit also will install a seven-foot-tall aluminum figure in June of a woman in Victorian dress with a skirt of leaves and small animals.
The third artist being added to ARTLANTIC is Robert Lach, who will create a bird’s nest sculpture that will likely be a favorite among guests to the site. The piece will consist of seven 4-by-1-foot cast-fiberglass nets. These nets also represent debris that was washed ashore after Hurricane Sandy.
The nests will be located near the already-installed pirate ship at the site and can be played on by children or used as a comfortable spot to sit for adults – or adults could play on them, too. The nests are expected to be installed in June.