Gaston Lachaise’s Floating Woman at Hunter’s Point South Park, Long Island City, NY: An Inspired Installation

Recorded Nov. 2020. Sculptor Brandt Junceau contemplates Gaston Lachaise’s Floating Woman at Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City, NY, in the context of her environs and the legacy of her creator. (Edits and sound by Rachael Bohlander; some images provided with permission by the Lachaise Foundation and other organizations.)

Here are some excerpts below:

“She touches ground like no other sculpture on earth.”

“The installation is inspired. The single piece possesses the whole landscape.”

“She is an expression of nature so basic that it defies words. Maybe saying so much can only be said quietly.”

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2 thoughts on “Gaston Lachaise’s Floating Woman at Hunter’s Point South Park, Long Island City, NY: An Inspired Installation

  1. This is a beautiful ode to the power of sculpture. Such a carefully considered analysis, so poignant. It captures the artistic talent of Lachaise and the passion which motivated his every piece, whether it was of his “Belle” or for her. “You ask if I love you,” he wrote her in 1910-11, “I live for you.. .I love you for all that we have felt, for all that [we] have thought. I love you for You and for what You have been and are. I love you for Everything, with all the fires that have burned. I love you, Vieux. ” and in 1911-12: “the thrill of reaching higher is too powerful for me to judge where I am” and 1915-16: “A beautiful harmony between earth and the universe. . .You, the Goddess I seek to express in all my works, have made me a god.” Thank you to Brandt, Rachael Bohlander, Garth Evans and all those who helped this film come into being. I hope she joins a wonderful collection where many can appreciate her message for a long time to come.

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  2. This is so beautifully written and what a sad short life he had.
    That sculpture only works big as u said I give u the world around Just open your eyes , look , appreciate, be thankful.
    Thank you Brandt!

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