Overview: Metronome, the new public artwall created by the artist team Kristin Jones / Andrew Ginzel, will begin to be installed the week of February 7, 1999 on the façade of One Union Square South - the 500,000 square-foot retail, entertainment and residential complex. Metronomewas commissioned by The Related Companies, L.P., the Manhattan-based owner/developer of One Union Square South, under the direction of its founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen M. Ross, as an unprecedented gift to the city. Metronomewas selected after the Public Art Fund, acting as a consultant to the developer, solicited nominations of more than 200 artists from curators, critics and art professionals throughout the United States. Measuring 100 by 60 feet at the central panel and costing almost $3 million, Metronomemarks one of the largest private commissions of public art in New York's history.

Project Background: In January 1996, a national competition by invitation was organized by the Public Art Fund on behalf of The Related Companies to select a design for the complex's proposed public artwall. More than 100 submissions of the 200 nominations were selected to be reviewed by an Advisory Panel composed of art experts, civic leaders and local representatives, as well as representatives of The Municipal Art Society and the design team of Davis Brody Bond, LLP, the architects of One Union Square South. In December 1996, artists Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel were awarded the project.

Location: Visible for twenty-eight blocks Metronomewill punctuate the southern terminus of Park Avenue South - just as Grand Central Station, with its south-facing clock, punctuates the street's northern terminus. Overlooking Union Square, Metronomewill be constructed on the northern façade of the complex at One Union Square South, fronting 14th Street.

Description: Metronomeis an innovative work consisting of three primary components. The entire work symbolizes the intangibility of time which is reflected in the relationship between various elements in the piece. The central component, measuring 100 feet high and 60 feet wide, is formed of an undulating brick wall emanating from the heart of the work - a dark circular void surrounded by gold leaf overlay that dissipates across the panel into gold fragments - like the rippling of water caused by a single stone, diminishing in frequency across the vertical plane. Below, a massive rock juts out through the undulating brick wall, grounding the work. To the left of the central component, on the glass façade, is a digital timepiece which counts the twenty-four hours of the day while simultaneously subtracting the time remaining in the day. To the right, is the lunar timepiece, composed of a sphere set into a socket, which is synchronized to revolve with the phases of the moon.

Artists: Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel have collaborated since 1985. Recent site-specific commissions include: a commission from the Arts for Transit program of New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority entitled Oculus at the World Trade Center Station to be completed in spring 1999; Apostasy, a commission at the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta; Interim, a project for the Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (1995); Sounding, a project for the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia (1994); a commission for the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program for Stuyvesant High School in Battery Park City entitled Mnemonics (1992); and Principia, a commission from the One Percent for Art Project Program at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland (1990). In 1994, they received the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Italy, a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pollock-Krasner fellowship, and the Cité International des Arts Residency in Paris, France.

Fabrication: Metronomeis an unprecedented work in terms of its scale and complexity. Unlike many other works of art which are constructed in one location, Metronomelinks artisans, architectural and engineering professionals from across the country. The wall itself represents their attention to quality and detail and symbolizes the triumph of the magnificent over the mundane.

Installation: Metronomewill begin to be installed the week of February 7, 1999 and should take approximately three months.

Cost: Metronomemarks one of the largest private commissions of public art in New York ever. The total cost of the project is nearly $3 million.

The Related Companies: The Related Companies, headed by Chairman and Chief Executive Stephen M. Ross, owns and manages residential, retail and commercial properties worth more than $7 billion in 40 states. The Related Companies was recently awarded the Coliseum site on Columbus Circle by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In addition to One Union Square South, current developments include luxury rental towers on the Upper East and Upper West sides and Battery Park City North. The Related Companies has also commenced construction on The Chatham, a new super-luxury condominium development located on East 65th Street and Third Avenue and will begin the rehabilitation of the historic Guardian Life Building at 50 Union Square located on East 17th Street. The commission of Metronomewas spearheaded by Mr. Ross and his colleague David J. Wine, President of Related Residential Development.

Photography: Computer-generated renderings of Metronomeare currently available. After February, process installation images and final color images will be available upon request.

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