Kang Muxiang's sculptures on Garment District plazas

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The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York is pleased to announce that Taiwanese artist Kang Muxiang’s recycled-elevator-cable-turned sculptures will be on display in New York City’s Garment District (Broadway, between 37th and 38th Street) from May 17 through September 15, 2018.

Kang’s Rebirth series of monumental embryonic sculptures, created using recycled elevator cables from Taipei 101, which stood as the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2010, “will provide a powerful artistic and environmental message to the many New Yorkers and visitors from around the world,” said Mr. Gerald Scupp, vice president of the Garment District Alliance (GDA).

Consisting of seven large-scale works from Kang’s Rebirth series, the installation is part of the GDA’s Art on the Plazas program and produced in cooperation with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Arterventions Program.

Kang will discuss his art and the creative journey of the Rebirth series on the evening of May 16 at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.

“Conversation with Rebirth” by PeiJu Chien-Pott

Grand Finale of “Conversation with Rebirth” on June 5, 2018

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PeiJu Chien-Pott, a principal dancer at the Martha Graham Dance Company, has announced that the final “Conversation with Rebirth” will take place from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, June 5, at the Garment District Plazas.

Rebirth, a sculpture series comprising seven pieces made of retired elevator steel cables by Taiwanese artist Kang Muxiang, is the Garment District Alliance’s latest public art installation currently on view at Garment District Plazas. “Conversation with Rebirth” started out as an impromptu dance experiment Chien-Pott initiated following her unique experience of dancing spontaneously in response to seeing the monumental, embryonic sculptures. Her improvised performances were later joined by other dancers on May 25. For the grand finale, the Conversation will be larger and more dynamic, with artists of various disciplines coming together to improvise on the spot.

Artists slated to take part in the final Conversation include:
* PeiJu Chien Pott, principal dancer at the Martha Graham Dance Company, founder of PJ Contemporary Dance Company in Taiwan
* Abdiel Jacobson, principal dancer at Martha Graham Dance Company
* Ari Mayzik, soloist at Martha Graham Dance Company
* Tamisha Guy, dancer at Abraham In Motion
* Nan-Cheng Chen, cellist from Taiwan, Executive Director of New Asia Chamber Music Society
* Mario Spinetti, renowned singer

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