Long-term Installations

Alan Saret: The Hole at P.S.1, Fifth Solar Chthonic Wall Temple


In all of his work, Alan Saret shows great interest in using mutable material to create non-static sculptures. As he stated: “The flexure of each material draws a line in space which corresponds identically to its physical properties. Nature, therefore, draws the final line in the art.” In The Hole at P.S.1, Fifth Solar Chthonic Wall Temple, sunlight is the natural medium that influences the general shape of the sculpture. As part of MoMA PS1’s initial exhibition Rooms, this site-specific installation consists of a carefully sized and shaped hole dug out of the brick wall. When the sunlight faces the exterior side of the building, a focused stream light enters the hallway and shines down to the floor.

Alan Saret's The Hole at P.S.1, Fifth Solar Chthonic Wall Temple is located on the Third floor at the eastern end of the north wing.

  • Alan Saret. The Hole at P.S.1, Fifth Solar Chthonic Wall Temple. 1976. Courtesy the artist.

Long-term Installations

Long-term installations can be seen all year-round at MoMA PS1. Works by an impressive roster of artists, such as James Turrell, Pipilloti Rist and William Kentridge, are on view throughout the building. These site-specific installations range in scale and medium; some are obvious to the eye, while others are so ingrained in the environment, the act of discovery becomes part of the process. Since MoMA PS1 is the largest non-collecting contemporary art institution in the world, these works belong to the artists.