July 2, 2009
RICHARD WOODS: CITY HALL PARK, NY,NY
Richard Woods’ “Wall and Door and Roof” whimsically transforms various structural elements at City Hall. Cladding the property’s two security booths with a printed facade of cartoon-like red bricks, Woods draws on his native vernacular which identifies this design as an inexpensive structural style. The visually dynamic work dramatically juxtaposes the historic architecture of City Hall, with ordinary building materials. Woods’ faux renovation continues inside City Hall on one of the doors within the lobby. Covering the door in a printed graphic that is a replication of itself, the artist creates an optical illusion. Woods includes all of the ornamental details of the original to produce a heightened and flattened sense of reality. Richard Woods’ wall and door and roof is the Public Art Fund’s 20th exhibition at City Hall Park.
“We are honored to have the Public Art Fund present another exhibition at City Hall Park to inspire and delight New Yorkers and visitors,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “New York City’s public art program is part of what makes our cultural scene so vibrant. What better canvas for Richard Woods’ ‘Wall and Door and Roof’ than City Hall itself.”