New York, NY
30' x 30' x 25'
Steel, aluminum, wood, vinyl, lettering
Internationally-renowned American artist Dennis Oppenheim challenges passengers to contemplate the unconventional with Reconstructed Dwelling, his monumental sculpture for the plaza underneath the Tyvola platform. The art is composed of recognizable house elements – an inverted pyramid roof, staircase, wheel, cone wall, and a window corridor – constructed of common building materials. The sculpture is positioned over a painted floor plan of a typical neighborhood home.
Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011) dedicated forty years of his life to the creation of art in many forms, including sculpture, performance art, conceptual art, and photography. After earning a BFA and MFA in California in the 1960s, he moved to New York where he lived the rest of his life as an artist. In addition to an extensive exhibitions list that includes the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oppenheim was awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work was included at the Venice Biennale three separate times and, in 2007, he was recognized for Lifetime Achievement at the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale.