by Mary Finer, at Dec. 8, 2010, 7:54 p.m.
Title (title of artwork): Leap
Artist (name of artist): Chris Doyle
Description (description of artwork): Chris Doyle's "Leap" was a video of New Yorkers jumping upwards projected on the facade of 2 Columbus Circle for four consecutive nights at dusk. Doyle found the jumpers by going to the end of each of the Columbus Circle subway lines (the A, B, C, D, 1 and 9). Each of the 420 participants were filmed in front of a black back drop and then asked their aspirations. Excerpts from the interviews were used in subway poster series.
While Cardiff used sound to create a cinematic experience, other relied on the visual spectacles of film. As Bela Balasz wrote, “Sound differentiates visible things, silence brings them closer to each other and makes them less dissimilar... This was a great advantage the silent film had over the sound film.” (Biggs 4). Artist Chris Doyle created a giant silent film with his project "Leap." It showed New Yorkers that they were not all that different from each other. See “Leap” video
Location (where the artwork is/was located): POINT (-73.9819595944652093 40.7674491335832911)
Start date (date the piece first went on view): 2000-04-27 00:00:00
End date (date the piece was taken down): 2000-04-30 00:00:00
Medium (medium used to make the artwork): video projections on buildings
Project website (website for the artwork): http://www.creativetime.org/programs/archive/2000/LEAP/LEAP/index.html
Commissioned by (who commisioned the piece): Creative Time
"Cinematic Public Art: LEAP"
Sources: Projects details from "Creative Time: the book : 33 years of public art in New York City" and the project website. Photo from the July/August issue of PR magazine. Video stills from http://vimeo.com/13269671
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