Ceramic plates and tiles
Overall: 10 ft h x 60 ft w x 2 in d
Project for cafeteria of PS/IS 276,
Battery Park City, NY
Commissioned by the NYC Department of Education and the NYC School Construction Authority Public Art for Public Schools Program, in partnership with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, Collection of the NYC Department of Education
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Settings is a permanent installation for the cafeteria of PS/IS 276 that is made of hundreds of plates and square tiles that have been arranged into a colorful and dynamic composition. By collecting decorative plates from homes in the nearby Battery Park City neighborhood, this installation extends the domestic realm into the public setting. While the plates themselves represent individual participants, the wide range of designs collectively speaks to the diversity of the neighborhood. From the initial gathering process to the completion of the work, many generations of students will come to understand that they are a vital part of a larger community. Ultimately, Settings is both a literal and abstracted portrait of local families and is inspired by the belief that the foundation of education begins in the home.