Art in Atlantic City is keeping up its momentum as details of the next Artlantic installation are revealed.
Entitled Artlantic: Glorious, the next art park will be located next to Boardwalk Hall at S. Florida Avenue and the Boardwalk. The space is long and thin, at more than 3 acres in size.
The installation is part three in the five-part art project being created in partnership between Fung Collaboratives and the Atlantic City Alliance, the nonprofit entity funded and overseen by the city’s casinos.
At this point, few details have been released about the next installation to follow Artlantic: Wonder.
Lance Fung, curator of Artlantic, let slip the overall vision for his next project as he stood on the Boardwalk in front of the space, looking out across the boards at the tall sand dunes.
“The one element that I wanted people to experience, whether they live here or they are visitors, is how beautiful the ocean is,” Fung says. “The main idea for one sculptural, interactive element, is to allow the visitors to ascend and feel as if they’re going up into the sky, and by doing so it will then allow them the possibility to actually see the ocean and be a bit more immersed with the ocean and the sky and the wind.”
The sand dunes are a necessary precaution at the beach resort, as locals recently found out when the dunes offered protection from Hurricane Sandy, but they do block the view of the ocean for passers-by on the Boardwalk.
The open space, which is currently owned by Toll Brothers and is being leased to the city for the purpose of the park, will give the public and the art world a reason to explore the Boardwalk.
Fung was in Atlantic City interviewing local artists to use for the project, or even for more installations down the line, when he revealed the details of Artlantic: Glorious.
“The purpose of the trip was … to see what type of talent and aesthetic and ideas already exist here,” Fung says. “I am very happy to report that after meeting artists (this week), I am happy to say that I met the talent I was looking for. It will be exciting to introduce some of New Jersey's brightest talent through Artlantic over the next four years."
Fung’s goal is to open Artlantic: Glorious by Memorial Day, just in time for an official opening of all three art projects on June 20.
“We’ve just barely finished the other two locations so we have to hustle again,” Fung says. “Ultimately, it’s the same time frame that we had for the first two projects; the only difference is that I’ve already reached out to the participants for the project, we already have their design and our first meeting with the city planning commission was (Tuesday), and they seem to enjoy our design so far.”
Fung’s first phase of the art installations was Artlantic: Wonder, which featured two separate lots along the Boardwalk. At S. Indiana and Pacific avenues is the Pinnacle site, a space that houses two large grass mounds with a sunken pirate ship, light box features and a garden surrounding a sculpture by Kiki Smith. At California Avenue, sits “Etude Atlantis,” which is a black, white and grey, vortex-like mural that was made to eventually become a stage.
“Already now, ACA and CRDA (Casino Reinvestment Development Authority) are speaking, unbeknownst to me, of setting up a structure and a funding situation so that performances can take place on ‘Etude Atlantis’ … which is what we always wanted but we didn’t even have time to encourage it and it’s already happening,” Fung says.
Looking to apply for a permit this month, Fung expects to break ground on Artlantic: Glorious in mid- to late January. And as with Artlantic: Wonder, the biggest goal remains the same.
“The local response has been favorable which is great because that to be quite honest is the one I’m most interested in and concerned,” Fung says. “Unless these projects are embraced and welcomed and also used, then it really isn’t a full success.”
Putting in Extra Hours
Fung added that his team is working on another project separate from Artlantic. He described it as a small, pro bono project that will cover the lot right across the street from the Pinnacle site, on Pacific Avenue and facing Carnegie Library. Working with CRDA’s holiday light initiative and the Special Improvement District, this light feature is in the works to be completed by the end of winter and to help light up the city. “We’re trying to do an avant garde light sculpture installation with (CRDA) and what’s great is we’re also working with SID, who’s creating these fantastic little pocket parks, who will be working with us to help landscape that light sculpture.”