Architect David Ling Designs a Big Bang at the Park Avenue Armory for SOFA's 15th Anniversary
Keeping in step with the art fair trend of architecturally upping the ante, the New York leg of the annual design expo Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair tapped David Ling, New York-based architect and one-time associate of Richard Meier, I.M. Pei, and Emilio Ambasz to bring a little spark to this year’s event. The result: a big bang-inspired installation of cube-shaped lights to hang from the ceiling of the Park Avenue Armory like a modernist take on a constellation in the night sky.
“Floating high over the exhibitions will be a huge cube of light, out of which smaller blocks of light explode, traveling to all points within the hall like newly formed stars,” Ling said in a statement. “It’s about creation, re-creation and energy... And with the fair’s universe of offerings, I think my concept is a fitting one.”
The transformation of the Armory’s historic, 19th-century drill hall into an artistic mise-en-scene celebrates the 15th anniversary of the contemporary art and design fair. In addition to Ling’s installation, fair-goers can look forward to booths from 50 different galleries, including Wexler Gallery, Galery Loupe, and Dai Ichi Arts, as well as a revamped floorplan.
SOFA New York 2012 runs from April 20 through April 23.