Fluent exhibit at NY Waterway terminal

Historic Hoboken Ferry terminal hosts Fluent Art Exhibit

Commuters who use the NY Waterway terminal downtown will be treated to an interesting art exhibit starting today. Even if you don’t regularly visit the terminal, be sure to check it out soon!

(Photo credit to: Andrew Ginzel, Diane Roehm and Konstantin Sergeyev)

Fluent: By artists Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel

Fluent is a work integrated with both the context and architecture of the newly renovated, historic Hoboken Ferry Terminal. A constellation of related elements is intended to augment the public’s sense of place, focus viewers’ gaze on both the macro- and microscopic aspects of the living river, and reveal the invisible wind currents that surround them.

Suspended from above in each Ferry Slip, a double-ended taper formed of horizontal rings is defined by eight vertical cables with a ‘pananemone’ at its center. Composed of two half discs perpendicular to one another, the instrument is responsive to all winds. Anchoring the gauges at the water’s surface are incremented plummets, sensitive to the river’s ebb and flow. The gauge measures the 5’ rise and fall, its tip visible twice each day at low tide.

An array of stainless steel discs hang from the high ceiling, transforming the air above into a dramatic field of reflection. A series of stainless steel vanes with plummets weave through the flow of discs. Animated by the fluctuating wind, the suspended vanes respond to the shifting air currents with precise, nuanced movement. Articulating the unseen fluid dynamics of the space, Fluent echoes the tidal fluctuations of the Hudson and the flow of commuters moving through the Terminal.

Fluent was fabricated by KC Fabrications, Inc. with engineering by Tectonic. It was commissioned for the Hoboken/NJTransit Terminal by New Jersey Transit Arts, with assistance from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Funding was made possible by the Federal Transportation Administration.

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As much as I like art and things that beautify public spaces, in this economic climate I would have rather seen the money put to reducing fares, (or into the budget to prevent fare increases.)