Needlework at Large: Orly Genger

Admittedly, it’s a stretch to call this “needlework,” but it is fiber (of a sort), and Loudoun Sampler Guild members are likely to be intrigued.  Just down the street from your blogger’s Manhattan apartment is Madison Square Park.  Each year, the park is host to exhibitions of newly-commissioned work in a wide variety of media.


The installation for Spring and Summer 2013 is by New York-based artist Orly Genger. Three separate undulating structures of layered rope were shaped on-site by the artist.  The monumental commission entitled Red, Yellow and Blue features the artist’s usage of intricately hand-knotted nautical rope covered in paint, creating a work that transforms the park’s lawns.   The three pieces took 1.4 million feet of rope—the total length equating to nearly 20 times the length of Manhattan—covered in over 3,000 gallons of paint, and weighing over 100,000 pounds. Red, Yellow and Blue employs repurposed rope collected from hundreds of miles up and down the Eastern seaboard.


Imagine, the next time you are working French knots or Colonial knots into a piece, what it would be like to hand-knot 265 miles of rope!

Following its New York run, the installation will travel to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum outside of Boston in October 2013, marking the first Mad. Sq. Art commission to tour.




The Loudoun Sampler Guild is a group of sampler enthusiasts based in northern Virginia. We meet monthly for lectures, needlework classes and workshops, and field trips.

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