NorthPark Center Announces Public Art Exhibition of Iván Navarro’s This Land is Your Land
Socio-Politically Charged Water Tower Sculptures on View at the Shopping Center beginning May 21, 2014.
(DALLAS, Texas) May 9, 2014 – NorthPark Center is pleased to present a free public art exhibition of Brooklyn-based Chilean artist Iván Navarro’s work, This Land Is Your Land. The installation, which was recently on view at Madison Square Park in New York City, features three elevated wooden water towers serving as metaphors for the experience of immigration. The works will be on view for one year at NorthPark Center on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom near Gucci, Todd’s, Salvatore Ferragamo and Versace.
“For nearly 50 years, NorthPark Center has been committed to presenting museum quality works of public art throughout the shopping center for all to enjoy, giving many individuals their first encounter with art,” said Nancy A. Nasher, Co-owner of NorthPark Center with husband David J. Haemisegger. “It is a privilege to bring to NorthPark and to North Texas this stunning and thought-provoking work that will serve as a source of contemplation, inspiration and possibility.”
Navarro’s work features three water tower structures that, upon first glance, may appear as traditional architectural objects. Upon closer encounter, visitors discover that each vessel contains a different neon word or image. Glowing from within, the words “ME/WE” and “BED,” along with an image of a ladder, are reflected endlessly inside, serving as a statement on the political and personal experience of immigration. The towers are elevated so visitors can walk underneath, and for the first time, can also be seen from above from Level Two of the shopping center, allowing visitors to have a different perspective of the work.
The artist takes the exhibition’s title from the beloved 1940 Woody Guthrie folk song, This Land Is Your Land, which is both an American anthem and a vocal pull to the freedoms offered in this country for an immigrant population. For Navarro, it represents the vast expanse of the American landscape and a democratic society pursued by millions of people.
Artist Iván Navarro states: “I like the idea of a reservoir of water. This simple and timeless wooden structure contains water—the most primitive and elemental resource, the essence of human sustenance, and a reminder of the basic condition that all humanity shares. We must guarantee our water in order to survive. In that sense the water tanks are containers of primordial knowledge. Their form and material are equally archaic: they are simple circular huts with conical roofs, made of wood. Across America, the water towers form changes – some top large buildings metaphorically functioning as tall ornamental crowns, others loom above towns like watchtowers due to their elevated position. By positioning This Land is Your Land in NorthPark Center, the viewer is both reminded of this outdoor structure that helps sustain their communities, and is transported within the shopping mall. Upon walking under the sculpture, the viewer is presented with a temporary visual reality. In a similar manner, shopping malls provide a contained experiential environment outside of daily life.”