Soft Spin – A Sound and Sculptural Installation by Heather Nicol

Date: March 26 – April 24, 2015, opens at 03:00 PM
Time: 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Where: Brookfield Place Winter Garden (230 Vessey Street, NY 10821)
Free to attend

Soft Spin is a sound and sculptural installation designed for the Winter Garden, the iconic Lower Manhattan public atrium at the heart of Brookfield Place. The work features six large-scale fabric forms gracefully swirling overhead, emanating the sounds of intermittent voices in song. Playful tunes, curvaceous hemlines and sundrenched bursts of bright color invite viewers to look up and embrace the unexpected.

In a bow to the Winter Garden’s 25-year history as a performing arts space, Soft Spin plays with notions of being in the spotlight, “on display,” or “playing a part.” The audio score fluctuates between individual and group voices singing show tunes in the shower, mirroring theatrical or operatic traditions of chorus and response in a polis—a public place—or the taking of turns in a children’s game.

Heather Nicol is a Toronto-based artist and curator. Her artworks and projects have been exhibited in galleries in New York, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Milly, Berlin, Montreal, and Toronto, including non-traditional locations such as Toronto’s soaring atrium at Brookfield Place, the Great Hall of Union Station (Nuit Blanche), the decommissioned Shaw Street School, and in a 40,000 square foot vacant sweatshop. She received her BFA (honors) from the School of Visual Arts in New York, M.A. in Art Education from NYU, and interdisciplinary MFA from OCAD University, Toronto.

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