New David Hockney Billboards To Brighten Up 5 Cities In May
Two suns will appear in five cities during the month of May – the real sun in the sky, of course, but also the chrysanthemum-shaped depiction in a video by the British artist David Hockney. The 2.5-minute animation will be shown on digital billboards in Times Square in New York City and in key locations in London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Seoul.
Dawn of a New Day by Hockney in a colorful landscape stems from his early morning experience looking out the kitchen window of his home in Normandy, France, where he has lived since 2019, observing intently and creating the art of its environment.
The announcement of the new digital work, “Remember you can’t stare at the sun or death for very long,” suggests that the animation can be interpreted as a message of hope on the way out of winter – or pandemic lockdowns.
Hockney’s sunrise deployment, which he created on an iPad, is orchestrated by ABOUT, a digital platform that British artist Josef O’Connor designed from pre-pandemic, and Times Square Arts, the public art arm of the Times Square Alliance. Since October, CIRCA has been showing artwork on Piccadilly Lights, a curved billboard in Piccadilly Square in London.
In New York, Times Square Arts will include Hockney animation in its long Midnight moment series, playing it on 76 screens as midnight approaches.
The Hockney music video will also be shown on a digital media display in Pendry West Hollywood, Los Angeles; the Yunika Vision digital billboard in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district; and on a giant screen in Seoul’s Gangnam district.
The clip will be shown at different times in the cities and will also be visible on the CIRCA website.
Hockney, 83, began experimenting with an iPad in 2010. Previously, he had been widely acclaimed for his work in an impressive range of media, including media as messy as paint and charcoal.
He can see the benefits of using a tablet, including “no cleaning required,” he said in an email interview. “And I can still draw anytime.”