CONNECT, BTS has finally reached its final stop in New York City. Our NYC writers are excited to welcome the new art display! Let’s learn more about the project that started in London.

As part of the international art project, CONNECT, BTS, introduced by BTS, pioneering global superstars from Korea, New York’s Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 3 is the site of the creation of a vast drawing in space by internationally acclaimed British artist Antony Gormley, which will be on display free to the public from 5 February – 27 March 2020.

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Antony Gormley
Photograph by Christopher Burke

New York Clearing (2020) is a beautiful intricately designed piece. A single line made up of more than 11 miles of square aluminum tubing that loops and coils without beginning or end, rising to a height of nearly 50 feet, turning itself into an environment for the viewer that counters the grid of modernism and the city with swooping lines of energy.

This is the first time that I have attempted to make Clearing without architectural support. I am enormously excited about the opportunity of making this energy field in conversation with Manhattan across the waters of the East River … It can be seen as an evocation of human connectivity, a materialisation of the energy of the people that view it and the people that made it.

Antony Gormley, on New York Clearing

Not only are we excited to be honored with this gorgeous piece, but also the Brooklyn Bridge Park President!

We’re honoured to host Antony Gormley’s New York Clearing here at Brooklyn Bridge Park…We have a long history of incredible art installations in the Park, and can’t think of a better place than Pier 3 for this amazing piece.

Eric Landau, Brooklyn Bridge Park President

CONNECT, BTS takes place in five cities on four continents, open free to the public in Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, New York, and Seoul, and developed by a group of curators under the artistic direction of independent Korean curator, Daehyung Lee. CONNECT, BTS draws motifs from parts of BTS’ philosophy that centers around diversity, love, and care for the periphery as well as communicating and fostering connections that transcend barriers. Other artists featured in the project include Jakob Kudsk Steensen (Serpentine Galleries, London), performances by 17 international artists including Jelili Atiku, boychild with Josh Johnson and Total Freedom, Cevdet Erek, Marcelo Evelin, Bill Fontana, Maria Hassabi, Mette Ingvartsen with Will Guthrie, Baba Murah and Candomblé Berlin, Antonija Livingstone and Nadia Lauro with Mich Cota, Kennis Hawkins and Stephen Thompson (Gropius Bau, Berlin); Tomás Saraceno (CCK, Buenos Aires); Ann Veronica Janssens and Yiyun Kang (Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul).

BTS is creating a movement involving an audience of millions worldwide. Their ability to speak meaningfully to people of different cultural backgrounds, social classes, ethnicities, genders and identities speaks in turn to modern art’s long-standing goal to transcend imagined boundaries.

Daehyung Lee, Art Director of CONNECT, BTS

Audiences visiting the exhibitions will be able to access special artwork introduction videos recorded by BTS! They introduce the art and artists in all exhibits.

Though NYC is the final city, CONNECT, BTS continues to shine in all 5 cities. This is ahead of BTS’ new album, Map of The Soul: 7, and the coming tour for the series. We’re thankful for BTS and Bighit Entertainment for giving the world a little more beauty and giving the public access to inspiring art from amazing artists. Check out CONNECT, BTS in a city near you and support the project!

Are you an ARMY or art lover? Tweet us @TheHoneyPop with your thoughts on the project and your appreciation for BTS!

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Featured image source: Antony Gormley NEW YORK CLEARING, 2020 | Photograph by Christopher Burke


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