In 1987, Creative Time’s annual Art on the Beach event (funded by the National Endowment for the Arts) was set on a neglected six-acre landfill site in Hunter’s Point, New York, with an iconic view of the Manhattan skyline from the Queens borough.
For this event, Annie Chu and Rick Gooding created an independent public art project in collaboration with artist Perry Hoberman.
“…architects Annie Chu and Rick Gooding and visual/performance artist Perry Hoberman created a thick, slightly sloping ‘wall’ in which were set three ‘windows’ framed by visor-like metal canopies, with views of Manhattan’s skyline. When viewers stepped up on a three-stair plywood stoop, pushed a button, and looked through a window, they saw an image superimposed on the urban skyline. At the middle window, a button activated a hallucinatory image of a water glass whose contents appeared to defy gravity.”
– Patricia C. Phillips, ARTFORUM, October 1987