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Brief Published: 28 Mar 2013

Nick Cave’s Horses at Grand Central Terminal


Highly acclaimed American visual and music artist Nick Cave presents Heard NY – an installation and performance piece that transforms New York’s bustling Grand Central Station into a public space bursting with colour and music.

Thirty raffia-costumed dancers roam the terminal dressed as life-sized horses to the sounds of harps and drums. The richly textured ‘Soundsuits’ are fantastical costumes that have been handcrafted from found objects, recycled scraps and discarded materials. Referencing a range of cultural influences, the multicoloured facemasks are embellished with patterns from India, Tibet, Morocco and elsewhere. 

Cave, who works in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, music, performance and video, teamed up with New York-based non-profit art organisation Creative Time for the project. Founded in 1974, Creative Time commissions innovative performance art displays across the world, viewing public spaces as a great opportunity for creative expression.

The project is free to the public and is part of a series of events celebrating the centennial of the station. Heard NY will hold two performances daily until March 31 2013.

Creative Time