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e-mail: mmmm at mmmm.tv
On August 16 for 1 PM – 2 PM. 46th and
Broadway, New York.
SQUARE ALLIANCE AND mmmm… PRESENT
"MEETING BOWLS" AT TIMES SQUARE
An Experiment in Urban Furniture and Dialogue arrives from
Times Square, New York (August 10, 2011) – The Times Square Alliance
with the Consulate General of Spain in New York today announced a month-long
public art installation of three large sculptures with seating for eight people.
Created by the Spanish collaborative mmmm…, the Meeting
Bowls are social places for gathering and getting to know people. On a first-come,
first-serve basis at 46th and Broadway, all members of the public can enjoy the
intimate spaces from 8 AM to Midnight. This is the world premier of Meeting Bowls
and the first installation by mmmm… in the United States.
"Times Square is pleased to be a testing ground for emerging ideas about
gathering in our public spaces and thus enriching cities worldwide," said
Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance. "The Meeting Bowls
are a new type of temporary and playful urban furniture creating a small oasis
among the rush of pedestrians."
"Contemporary to the recent Spanish 15-M Movement, and similar in aspiration,
we hope the Meeting Bowls will encourage dialogue and interaction in the most
important main square in the world, Times Square," said Eva Salmerón
of mmmm… "The small group discussions will promote
a sense of community and humanize the modern city."
The semi-spherical capsules stand 5 feet tall and 7 feet in diameter with
a continuous seating ring inside. The Meeting Bowls gently rock as people step
in and out. The artists created the gentle motion to be relaxing and fun much
like a swing, but one for adults.
Once inside the bowls, signs ask people to record and to share their dialogue
via smartphones or laptops. QR codes and hashtags facilitate connecting to others
from the past or in the future through the mmmm… website,
facebook and twitter. The links:
Rather than build and ship the Meetings Bowls from Spain, mmmm… utilized
global computer-aided manufacturing. Digital files of the 250 parts were emailed
to Advanced Cutting Services in Roselle, New Jersey. Teaming with R&N, the
sheets of waterproof high-density chipboard or MDF were cut with computer driven
routers. On Monday, August 15, the four artists will assemble the meeting bowls
with only screw guns and rubber hammers live in Times Square.
mmmm… is a collaboration by Emilio Alarcón,
Alberto Alarcón, Ciro Márquez and Eva Salmerón, who have
been creating projects for public space since 1998 from Madrid, Spain. They have
built in brick a life-size car that occupied a parking space between two vehicles
parked in the street. Or they have spread 100 couples kissing simultaneously
through out the crowds of the city center. Noise levels on the streets unexpectedly
plummeted during that moment of mass intimacy. Also they have scattered about
the streets, members of an orchestra that simultaneously played the same music.
Pedestrians experienced the music differently depending on which street they
walked past, the speed at which they walked, and by which direction they were
headed. For more info, visit www.mmmm.tv
Meetings Bowls is supported by the University of Alcalá, Consulate
General of Spain New York and Spain Culture New York. CNC
cutting was provided by Advanced Cutting Services and R&G
Construction Cabinet & Millwork of New Jersey.
About Times Square Alliance
The Times Square Alliance, founded in 1992, works to improve and promote Times
Square cultivating the creativity, energy and edge that have made the area an
icon of entertainment, culture and urban life for over a century. Times Square
Arts presents temporary cutting-edge art and performances in multiple forms and
media to the 360,000 to 500,000 daily visitors to New York City’s Times
Square, making it one of the highest profile public arts programs in the United
States. It is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation
Fund; and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. For past projects, visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org/arts