Day's End

2017–2021 | New York NY

Client Whitney Museum of American Art
Artist David Hammons
Engineer Guy Nordenson and Associates

Day’s End is a public art project proposed by New York City artist David Hammons in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art for installation within Hudson River Park. The structure is conceived as a ‘ghost monument’ to the celebrated work of the same name by artist Gordon Matta-Clark who cut giant openings into the since demolished Pier 52 building. Hammons’ work—a minimal, ethereal frame—outlines a place that no longer exists and raises important questions about the waterfront, inviting viewers to consider the historical, cultural and environmental histories it represents.

Through a close collaboration with David Hammons, the stainless steel structure has been developed with as few elements as possible. Slender, 8-inch beams span 65 feet, create a light, open frame that tends to disappear in its busy urban context. All of the structural elements will be prefabricated and brought to the site in large sections where they will be mechanically connected. Designed with a high-grade stainless steel meant to endure the harsh, corrosive environment of the Hudson River, the structure is intended to be a permanent installation on the site. Sea level rise and future storm scenarios were taken into account in the planning and development of the design as well to help ensure its longevity.