On the south edge of the Gansevoort Peninsula, the Whitney Museum of American Art, in collaboration with Hudson River Park, has gifted the Park a permanent, site-specific public art project by David Hammons (b. 1943), entitled Day’s End.
Day’s End derives its inspiration and name from an artwork by Gordon Matta-Clarke created in 1975. At that time, Matta-Clarke began carving into an abandoned pier shed once located at Pier 52, turning it into a living sculpture that celebrated water and light. David Hammons’ Day’s End will serve as a “ghost monument” to Gordon Matta-Clark’s earlier work, alluding to the changing history of New York’s waterfront with an open, skeletal structure that precisely follows the outline, dimensions and location of the original structure on Pier 52. As one of the largest public art installations in New York City, Day’s End is now publicly accessible and offers an extraordinary place to experience the waterfront.