Metropolis Sunrise in White Plains
Artist Amanda Browder has installed a soaring, six-story fabric sculpture, “Metropolis Sunrise,” on the exterior of ArtsWestchester’s headquarters.
The monumental work of public art at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, has transformed ArtsWestchester’s historic neo-classical building into a colorful, contemporary public art installation on display through the end of November. The installation recruited about 1,000 volunteers at 35 public sewing days to assemble the work.
“Sewing, pinning, laughing, and telling stories are at the heart of ‘Metropolis Sunrise.’ Together, as a collective, we spent time learning about each other and how creativity can be a bond that lasts a lifetime,” said Browder of her collaboration with sewing-day volunteers. “Each piece of fabric, thread, and stitch represents the connection that we developed while making this work as a community.”
Browder, a Brooklyn resident, used about 10,000 square feet of donated and recycled fabric to create “Metropolis Sunrise.” The donated fabrics are a celebration of location, community, sustainability, and self-beautification.
“Amanda’s projects are so powerful because they bring communities together at every level of their construction, offering multiple opportunities for inclusion,” said Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester.
Browder has created fabric sculptures for more than 20 buildings, including the University of Alabama, Stratton Elementary School in Illinois and the University of Las Vegas. ArtsWestchester is the largest building on which the artist has installed her work.
Amanda Browder is a Brooklyn-based installation artist known for her large-scale fabric installations on building exteriors and other public sites. Her work incorporates donated materials and local volunteers, creating site-specific art. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Transformation Fellowship from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.