Exhibition: Open Space: Jean Shin, 2003
Broken umbrellas, thread
Variable height x 72' x 42'
Jean Shin's site-specific installation has been created from hundreds of broken black umbrellas that were abandoned on the streets of New York City and collected by the artist. The fabric umbrella "skins" have been removed from their structures and sewn together to form an enormous shroud-like cloth. Suspended overhead from the trunks of three large trees, the canopy becomes a sculpture that shifts and undulates in response to the wind and the movement of the trees while creating a dancing pattern of shadows on the ground below.