Design Award Recipients 2008
Shapes by Allan McCollum
86-01 Broadway, Queens
A Project of the Department of Cultural Affairs'
Percent for Art Program, the Department of Design
and Construction and the Queens Library
Since 1987, Allan McCollum has been working on a project to create - without repeating - enough shapes to match the number of people on the planet when the population "peaks" in the middle of the 21st century.
More than 1,000 of these unique shapes, which are derived from a system of 300 "parts", will fill an entire wall of the reading room at Elmhurst Community Library from floor to ceiling. Cut from plywood, the shapes will be given a veneer of natural elm that references the tree for which Elmhurst was named.
The Elmhurst Community Library serves the borough of Queens, one of the most culturally diverse communities in the world. It is the artist's intention that this collection of individual shapes comes to represent simultaneously both the commonality and the diversity of the Elmhurst community.
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