By the New York Times’ estimate, there are some 12,000–17,000 water towers currently in use within New York City. Frequent hosts for sediment and even harmful bacteria, Ivan Navarro has found a new substance for filling these ubiquitous components of the city skyline: neon light. The material is the Chilean artist’s preferred medium, and in a new installation in Madison Square Park he has rendered the words “we” “me”, and a ladder on the interiors of three separate water towers.
Elevated eight feet above the ground, each of the towers is devoted to one of the aforementioned images. Viewed from below the images appear to extend into infinity. The piece is obtusely title This Land is Your Land (by way of Woody Guthrie) and will be on display through April 13.