WAKE | NYC Times Square




UNC Online | July 19, 2018 | By Communications

Designed, engineered, sculpted and fabricated in UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, Mel Chin’s Wake sculptural installation was officially unveiled in New York City’s Times Square at a public and media event on July 11, 2018.

UNC Asheville students and faculty from mechatronics engineering, art, and other disciplines began working in August with Chin, the conceptual artist was the university’s Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow in fall semester 2017. Work on the project continued into July when the sculpture was trucked in many pieces from Asheville to New York City. The STEAM Studio team worked round the clock in shifts from July 8 until early morning on July 11 to complete installation of Wake.

Wake is paired with Unmoored, a mixed reality work presenting a digital vision of a future Times Square after many years of sea level rise. Chin takes on the 19th century origins of celebrity and marketing, our changing relationship with nature, and the 21st century ability to project an audience deep into the future through technology. Read More...


WAKE in the News

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Nordstjernan | August 19, 2018
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Waking up in NYC: Mel Chin + UNC Asheville in Times Square
AVL Today | July 19, 2018 | Mary Willison
After months in the making, local artist Mel Chin’s sculpture, Wake, which he worked on with a team of students, faculty and community artists in UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, was revealed to the public last week in Times Square. Read More

Mel Chin creation (with UNC-A) opens in NY’s Times Square
The Tribune Papers | July 19, 2018
Designed, engineered, sculpted and fabricated in UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, Mel Chin’s Wake sculptural installation was officially unveiled in New York City’s Times Square at a public and media event held July 11. Read More

Sink or Sink: Mel Chin in Times Square
Art in America | July 17, 2018 | by Sean J Patrick Carney
Surveying the spectacular bedlam around me, I spotted my mark: a large carcass of a wooden ship beached at the southern part of the square near 46th and Broadway, the ribs of its armature jutting skyward. Read More

Mel Chin's “Wake” and “Unmoored” Unveiled in Times Square
BLOUIN ARTINFO | July 18, 2018
Times Square Arts in collaboration with Queens Museum and No Longer Empty is showcasing Mel Chin’s large-scale sculpture “Wake” and mixed reality public art project “Unmoored” — developed with Microsoft — to explore a surrealistic experience of rising waters in Times Square. The works are on view through September 5 as part of “Mel Chin: All Over the Place.” Read More

This Mixed-Reality Art Project Submerges Times Square
Culture Trip | July 16, 2018 | by Rachel Gould, Art & Design Editor
At the intersection of art and technology, Mel Chin’s large-scale animatronic sculpture, Wake, and its mixed-reality counterpart, Unmoored, are now on view in Times Square. The landmark public art project gives a glimpse of the world’s dystopian future should climate change remain unchecked. Read More

Mel Chin Takes Over Times Square
Glasstire | July 13, 2018 | by Paula Newton
Glasstire is proud to report on Houston native Mel Chin and his various art projects across the globe and now he’s taken over Times Square in New York City. The conceptual artist has dealt with political issues before and now he’s addressing climate change head on. Read More

Times Square floods in 'Unmoored,' an AR art experience by Mel Chin and Microsoft
Glasstire | July 12, 2018 | by Shaye Weaver
Like something out of a natural disaster film like “The Day After Tomorrow,” Times Square is submerged underwater and boats have replaced car traffic in a new augmented reality experience by artist Mel Chin called “Unmoored.” Read More

Art exhibit shows New York's Times Square submerged in water
Al Jazeera | July 12, 2018 | by Kristen Saloomey | VIDEO
The exhibition by Mel Chin shows the observer the links between the shipping that helped make New York City a global commercial hub and the consumption that drives climate change.Read More

Artist Mel Chin Floods Times Square With Virtual Reality Art to Sound the Alarm on Climate Change
Artnet News | July 12, 2018 | by Sarah Cascone
Visitors to New York’s Times Square can sink deep beneath the ocean waves this summer with Wake and Unmoored, a two-part mixed reality art installation from conceptual artist Mel Chin. Read More

Experience A Submerged Times Square Using Mixed Reality
Architect | July 12, 2018 | by Ayda Ayoubi
Artist Mel Chin's "Unmoored" imagines a future where New York's Midtown Manhattan is submerged in water. Read More

Artist Mel Chin's Animatronic Sculpture Officially Unveiled Today In Times Square
Broadway World | July 11, 2018 | BWW News Desk
Visitors will be invited to engage with the sixty-foot animatronic installation Wake, which evokes the hull of a 19th century shipwreck crossed with the skeletal remains of a marine mammal. Read More

U.S. artist 'floods' Times Square to bring climate change to life
Reuters | July 11, 2018 | Sebastien Malo
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Manhattan’s Times Square was “flooded” on Wednesday in a multi-media art display aiming to show how climate change could lead to sea levels rising over low-lying sections of New York City. Read More