On the south edge of the Gansevoort Peninsula, the Whitney Museum of American Art is constructing a permanent, site-specific public art project by David Hammons (b. 1943) that will be donated to the Park following its completion later in 2020.
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 will be publicly accessible and will offer an extraordinary place to experience the waterfront.