On view


American, b. 1969
Fallen Sky, 2020-2021
Stainless steel
Sarah Sze’s Fallen Sky—Storm King’s newest permanent commission—is made up of 129 individual elements with reflective surfaces of mirror-polished stainless steel that are nestled into the hillside. 
 
Fallen Sky collapses the horizon line by pulling the earth and air toward each other. Instead of marking the landscape, the work is visually merged with the landscape, reflecting and embedded in its surroundings. While looking at Fallen Sky and the land around it, viewers simultaneously experience what is above: passing clouds or birds, variations in light, weather, season, and even the time of day. Sze has described her ever-changing installation Fallen Sky as “filmic,” due to its dynamic nature and ability to depict “how the landscape behaves.” The clay model for Fallen Sky was created through a process of erosion; the resulting work appears as a ruin, frozen in a state of partial deterioration. For Sze, the sculpture “teeters between two extremes,” exploring the tension between material permanence and ephemerality. Fallen Sky conveys a sense of entropy, suggesting that the Earth is fragile and a place in flux.
 
This commission is accompanied by a presentation of Sze’s new, site-specific installation, Fifth Season, in Storm King’s Museum Building.

The Sarah Sze: Fallen Sky commission and exhibition are made possible by generous major support from Janet Benton and David Schunter, Gagosian, Girlfriend Fund, Agnes Gund, the Hazen Polsky Foundation, the Ohnell Family Foundation, Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo, and VIA Art Fund.

Lead support is provided by Anonymous (2), Roberta and Steven Denning, the Ohnell Charitable Lead Trust, Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, the Speyer Family Foundation Inc., Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, and Victoria Miro.

Support is also provided by Debra and Leon Black, Blavatnik Family Foundation, Charlotte Feng Ford, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Lostand Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Nolen, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and the Sidney E. Frank Foundation. This project is also funded, in part, by Anonymous (2), Ann Ames, Deeda Blair, Jocelyne and David A. DeNunzio, Hugh J. Freund and Sandra Wijnberg, The Helis Foundation, Jill and Peter Kraus, Debby and Rocco Landesman, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Loren Pack & Rob Beyer, Richard and Lisa Perry, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen, Carol and Lawrence Saper, Hume R. Steyer and Nanahya C. Santana, Seran and Ravi Trehan, Marica and Jan Vilcek, and Caryl Yanow and Bill Grueskin.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional lead support provided by Market New York through I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards.

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