Artist Michael Zelehoski
In partnership with SPRING/BREAK Art Show and Times Square Arts. We were commissioned to curate and produce and art installation. What came from this is The Rapture. A salvaged backhoe that has been deconstructed and reassembled to invoke a fossilized dinosaur in its death throes. Here, the technology used to build our civilization appears extinct, reclaimed by the earth, and presented as a future testament to humanity’s brief time on this planet. Confronting contemporary man-made objects from an archeological perspective prompts reflection on sustainability, technology, and the future of humanity.
“In the built environment of New York City, few of us stop to consider the serene wilderness that once existed here. Envisioning a future after we are gone is equally challenging. It is my hope that The Rapture will encourage beholders to consider our place in the broader arc of history and to question the sustainability of the path we are on. The piece looks backward and forward in time, prompting a moment of introspection and contemplation in one of the busiest places on earth.”
— Michael Zelehoski
“In stark contrast to the elusive realities that Times Square constantly evokes, The Rapture lays bare the idea that in between creation and destruction, life and death, there is a responsibility and an inevitability from which none of mankind is spared.”
—Ché Morales, Curator
TIMES SQUARE, NYC