Pearson and Victoria Meyers have discussed issues about the arts, culture, architecture, and public space since the mid-1990's, when Victoria Meyers invited Mr. Pearson to several reviews and juried conversations at Columbia University's GSAPP. At that time, Ms. Meyers was the Graduate School Coordinator at Columbia's GSAPP.
The conversation between Bruce Pearson and Victoria Meyers concerned ways that Mr. Pearson's painterly sculptures could be integrated into complex urban spaces. Ms. Meyers responded by developing the above sculptural intervention for Mr. Pearson's art, in Battery Park City's North Neighborhood, where her firm, hMa are the Master Plan architects.
The resulting collaborative work, shown above, is a piece developed by Pearson and Meyers, working in collaboration. The text piece, 'Contains Real Hard Won Insight' is a text by Pearson. The piece was developed by Ms. Meyers and Mr. Pearson, with the idea of placing Pearson's text within a public space, while allowing visitors to walk through the text. The piece is imagined as an 8' high painted steel, free-standing text labrynth.
The piece draws on ideas that Meyers had been developing in her practice, of porous urbanism. The text sculpture puts visitors to the piece within a written text, while being porous and allowing them to remain within the urban context of downtown New York City.
The text and the sculptural development also draws upon Meyers's investigations into sound, light and natural phenomena. Shown above are Meyers' designs for the 'LightScore', performed at the Kitchen space for sound and media, as well as her design for DWi-P, a new 65,000 square foot community center scheduled to open in 2013.