Event of the Thread

I’m sorry I missed it…An excerpt of the review from the NY Times: “Anyone who liked swings as a child — and that should include quite a few of us — will probably feel a surprisingly visceral attraction to Ann Hamilton’s installation “the event of a thread” at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City…The swings are there for us, to swing on.  The piece has other components, about which more in a minute, but if people are not using the swings, “the event of a thread” does not fully exist. When they are in action, the immense, diaphanous white curtain, made of a lightweight silk twill, rises and dips, and the air is stirred, causing further billowing and fluttering.  And in the middle of it all, the curtain, which resembles a low-cost indoor version of Christo and Jean-Claude’s 1972 land art piece “Valley Curtain,” was doing its silent, discombobulated dance. In addition, if you paused in your swinging, you could feel the rest of the interconnected system pulse and gyrate, a momentary demonstration — at once silly and profound — that we are, indeed, all connected.”

Here’s a short and wonderful video clip that makes it all come alive…

the event of a thread from Paul Octavious on Vimeo.

Related Posts: Be sure to check out Olivia’s terrific post on the same event at Your Effect on Me Is Incredible


  1. The creativity of people amazes me. I like the fact that this is an interactive installation.


  2. How strange! I just wrote about this!



  3. How do all the cables not get tangled? Neat stuff.


  4. Lori forwarded this video to me yesterday, and I was mesmerized..I’ve never seen an installation like this – though I would love to.


  5. I was completely enthralled by this, and I love how all these different people are able to interact with the installation simultaneously. Magical…..


  6. How lovely. For some reason this beautiful art really touched and inspired me today. Thanks for sharing, David!


  7. architecturaltheories says:

    Reblogged this on ARCH _ THEORY.


  8. Reblogged this on Pottery By Andrew Macdermott.


  9. Stunning..and yes, I envy those fortunate to interact and witness first hand! Beautiful art and innovation and creativity…


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