Rockefeller Center

Changing Spaces

June 21 – October 14, 2022
Rockefeller Center, New York City, USA


Images: Anna Morgowicz; Meghan Rubbo; Sophie Kitching

Changing Spaces consists of four circles with enclosing walls of water shooting up from jets in the ground. Two circles merge into each other sub-dividing the water pavilion into smaller spaces within the structure. The water walls randomly rise and fall, defining all possible configurations of the space before changing shape and appearance.

Visitors are allowed to move within the structure from space to space, finding themselves in differently shaped spaces inside, or suddenly on the outside, of the pavilion without any possibility to control or govern the confinement or exclusion.

Installed in an open, public space like in front of the Rockefeller Center, the water pavilion activates the area and invites people to make use of the work, either as a space for seclusion and relaxation or the opposite, a place of pure joy and playfulness. Children will dash in immediately, adults hesitate at first, then often give a jolt and dare to go in after all. Rockefeller Plaza is a great place for it, because so many people pass by there every day and my water pavilion will give them a reason to stay.