- CHARITY BENEFIT
Manhattan Oil Project by Josephine Meckseper is the second installation at The Last Lot project space, presented by Art Production Fund. Here, two kinetic sculptures, each standing 25 feet tall are inspired by mid 20th century oil pumps the artist discovered in Electra, a boarded-up town once famous for being the pump jack capital of Texas. The pump jacks recall the ruins of ghost towns, forgotten monuments of America’s decaying industrial past. This pairing of the pump jacks and the Times Square location merges a classic symbol of American oil production and wealth with the center of New York City commercial culture.
Josephine Meckseper’s work is reminiscent of Jean Tinguely, Alexander Calder, and Mark Di Suvero. Meckseper asks the viewer to join in the contemporary debate about American business, wealth and consumerism.
The Last Lot is a generous short-term donation from The Shubert Organization, and is part of the Times Square Alliance’s public art program that works to bring cutting-edge art to Times Square.
46th Street and 8th Avenue until May 6th