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ann hamilton - the event of a thread

hannah shih

This past Saturday, we made a trip to the UES to visit artist Ann Hamilton's installation at the Park Avenue Armory. Because this was its last weekend, there was a crazy long line wrapped all around the building. Lucky for us, we got a tip from a staff member about a loophole in skipping the line! Basically, we bought our tickets via the website on the iPhone and just waved the confirmation at the front door (even if it was a Sunday ticket). Whew, that saved us like an hour wait time! 

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Oh goodness, there were so many people. Especially ... kids! And as adults, it felt odd to be waiting in line for a swing when so many cute little kids were anxious to get on them. Let's just say it took awhile for us to ride one :)

Here's a lovely excerpt from the artist's website:

“I can remember the feeling of swinging—how hard we would work for those split seconds, flung at furthest extension, just before the inevitable downward and backward pull, when we felt momentarily free of gravity, a little hiccup of suspension when our hands loosened on the chain and our torsos raised off the seat. We were sailing, so inside the motion—time stopped—and then suddenly rushed again toward us. We would line up on the playground and try to touch the sky, alone together.”

With the swing's wires connected to the white drapes, it moved so beautifully as we swung back and forth. It was sweet to feel like kids again. 

Something interesting we also saw were the pigeons in cages - they were completely motionless and almost looked fake! As the Huffington Post put it, "Caged pigeons [were] trapped on either sides of the pigeon-color clad readers, creating a visually stunning and disturbing scene that we're still trying to figure out." Yup.

Overall, it was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience! For those of you who also visited, what did you think??

{photos by HANALULU CO.}