An installation by John Margaritis alongside the New York Sunshine Install Team. These five tanks individually weigh 7,000 pounds and were all moved and placed by hand using wooden wedges, steel pipes, crowbars, pinch bars, pry bars, and 6x6 wooden ties. Finding beauty in everyday construction, Margaritis repurposes his 2016 Water Box Series Installation to develop CAUTION – where demolition meets design. Please maintain a comfortable distance from the work as tanks may shift and fall.
I remember the first time I stepped into Madison Square Garden. The energy just hit me right when I came through the doors. I got the same feeling the first time I stood up on a surfboard.
Growing up I spent all the time I could on basketball courts. Indoor, outdoor, driveway, wherever there was a hoop I was there. Basketball took a back seat to surfing once summer came around, but wasn't forgotten. I began seeing lines in the ocean the same way I saw lines on a basketball court.
Daydreaming at the beach, I saw basketball hoops floating in the water, waves flowing around them like players weaving in and out of each other on the court, spray shooting up from a breaking wave like a ball bouncing off the rim, roaring waves pounding on the sand like the fans cheering and stomping in the stands at the Garden. I was able to stare into the waves for hours drawing these connections.
As summer came to a close, basketball took over, but I couldn't get the images of hoops in the ocean out of my mind. I began seeing waves on the backboards of hoops, the raw power and energy of the ocean confined to this twenty‐one square foot rectangle suspended ten feet off the ground. I could hear the roar of the ocean with every bounce of the ball, the rolling of waves over the sand with players feet scraping the asphalt, I was right back at the beach again. Everything had changed… Nothing was the same anymore… I couldn't quite understand how it had happened, and I may never wrap my head around it.
The Hoop Dreams series of sculptures and images provide a visual interpretation of the images I see in my mind.
The One Ton Tank was created as a sculpture that could stand alone but also could be used to light a person inside from different angles while filled with water. The One Ton Tank was constructed with a full-length glass panel in the front, a waist-down window on side, and a waist-up window on the other. After the Tank was used for our Head Above Water lookbook photoshoot we moved it to the Watermill Center for the 2016 Summer Benefit and the public showings throughout the summer. The One Ton Tank was used for a performance piece during the Summer Benefit, where performance artists submerged and moved slowly in the water while holding their breath
The Foundation Chair is a three piece modular work, with a poured concrete base, triple laminated glass back, and steel arms. Through the Foundation Chair, John Margaritis continues to explore concrete and using construction and job site materials to create limited pieces.
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