Since 1974, Creative Time has been bringing innovative art to the public from New York to Hanoi. This spring, chief curator Nato Thompson commissioned artist Kara E. Walker to create a monumental work appropriately titled A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant.
Tucked away, just off the beaten path in New York’s favorite hipster haven: Williamsburg Brooklyn, you’ll find a procession of fifteen 5-foot-tall molasses and resin boys carrying baskets and bananas towards Walker’s piéce de resistance—a 35.5 foot tall and 75.5 foot long sphinx made with 80 tons of sugar. A pungently sweet smell hangs throughout the space, and contributes to the arrestingly evocative work.
The installation marks an unprecedented feat in the manipulation of sugar, as well as the first and last time that the 30,000 square foot space will be used to exhibit art before it is converted into apartments, offices, and parks by Two Trees Management. The piece is open to the public on Fridays from 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6 p.m. through July 6, 2014.
Stephanie Sonsino is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure.