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Manhattan Mettle

Manhattan Mettle

In April 2011 I was commissioned to make an art work for the huge lobby wall of the W Hotel in Hoboken, the well known waterfront landmark on the Hudson River. Taking my cue from the magnificent views of New York City across the Hudson, inspiration came from the metallic shapes and landscape of the old docklands and waterfront industries of Hoboken - chains, anchors, hooks, cranes made from steel metal and nickel. The mural is actually a giant magnet holding in place tens of thousands of metallic objects - including dollars and dimes, New York subway tokens, spanners, saws, ship building nails and chains.

My vision of New York was inspired by 1930's photographs of Manhattan onto which I have layered an eclectic array of the best of New York's contemporary skyscrapers. I particularly enjoyed the scale of the piece (8m x 5m) which enabled me to include details and visual puns like the helicopters with scissors for blades and the bank made from gold chains and dollar coins.

Tinklevision installed a camera in the hotel ceiling to create a time-lapse of the piece coming together.

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Manhattan Mettle in situ

Manhattan Mettle detail

Manhattan Mettle detail