The Swedish opera singer is central in a 24-foot-tall installation that is showing at Broadway Plaza at 46th Street in Times Square from July 11 until Sept. 5. Conceptual artist Mel Chin was commissioned by Times Square Arts to create the installation Wake, evoking the hull of a shipwreck crossed with the skeletal remains of a marine mammal. The structure is linked with a carved, 21-foot-tall female sculpture, accurately derived from a figurehead of Jenny Lind, once mounted on the 19th century clipper ship, the USS Nightingale.

Wake serves as an entry point into a 21st century mixed-reality public art project called Unmoored in Times Square. The installation was construed at the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Steam Studio as a collaboration between the Engineering, Art and Art History, and Drama departments with assistance from faculty, staff and students, under the direction of Mel Chin Studio.


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