“Heard NY” at Grand Central

I never asked for a pony for Christmas.
And you call yourself a cliché?
Why didn’t I? Is it because I had a greater sense of reality than many of my peers? My three person family lived in a one bedroom apartment. No backyard and certainly no room (let alone money) for a pony. Or is it because I never went through the cliché childhood “horse phase”?

This morning I saw Nick Cave’s instillation art piece “Heard NY” in Grand Central Terminal. A blend of performance art, costume, and sculpture, it was fantastic to watch. It was so inspiring and positively joyful to watch, it may just be the start of my long-delayed horse obsession. Cave creates a heard of horses. These are costume-sculpture pieces colorful, fashioned out of “raffia” which moves in a straw-like way, picking up subtle movements. Students from the Ailey School brought the pieces to life. The colors and the movement were mesmerizing. It was the perfect activity for 11AM on a snowy, gray spring morning.

Grand Central Heard NY Nick Cave

The Horse stand on display like this all day, but at 11AM and 2PM Ailey dancers bring them to life. The dancers are in black lining the walls!

Nick Cave Heard NY horses

A closer view of some of five of the full heard of 30. Fifteen on the west side of Vanderbilt Hall at fifteen on the east. I was on the east side, I have no idea if the other side is a mirror or entirely individual!

Nick Cave horses

Each sculpture/costure has a beautiful and ornately decorated head. Accompanying the dance was a harpist and drummer.
Nick Cave Heard NY grand centralIt was cool just watching the dancers transform into horses. Also, lots of kids in the huge crowd watching.
Nick Cave Heard NYOnce transformed we were treated to a 20 minute performance. There was a perfect balance of horse movement, I really felt like I was watching creatures frolic about, and more abstract dance.
Heard NY Nick CaveButts and heads separated, movement got lively and even more colorful!
NickCave7You can see the performer inside the horse! I sometimes forgot they were in there. The little four year old girl next to me was adorably confused by it all.

Everyone was taking photographs and there was uproarious applause at the end. The dancers all looked exhausted and elated. I got to see the first public performance! If you are in NYC I highly recommend going out of your way to see this. The times of performance are inconvenient- 11am and 2pm daily- but I think it’s worth it. It’s only today though March 31st! My photos don’t do it justice, this is the first time I’ve ever seriously bemoaned my lack of a quality camera. It really is an experience!

If you can’t make it (and even if you can) check out this NY Times article and accompanying images and video: Watch Out for the Horses on Your Way to the Train

Certainly made my Monday!

About New York Cliche

NYC lifestyle blog by Mary Lane. Events, adventures, epic mistakes, dating, life, humor. A 20-something trying to make it (and make out) in the city of dreams.

3 thoughts on ““Heard NY” at Grand Central

  1. How Cool is that – thanks so much for sharing! I can say I did not go through a horse phase, but a horse power phase (snowmobile) around pre-teen to early-teen age. Happy Monday:)

  2. I was always afraid of horses. I was also fully aware of how expensive they were and I knew how unrealistic that idea was.

    That said, I would totally purchase an Alvin Ailey Dancer Horse to prance around behind me everywhere I went. That would totally be worth any cost.

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