25 Jun 2018, by GekeDijkstra
Eureka & Flushing Remonstrance at Federal Hall, NY
starts on 27 Jun 2018,
ends on 31 Jul 2018
Federal Hall, Wall Street, New York, NY, USA
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Throughout the month of July, "Eureka" will be shown at Federal Hall, New York, NY—a 40-foot-high sculptural Dutch façade that brings to mind "canal houses" of 18th century New York. From June 27th until July 2nd, the historical document "Flushing Remonstrance" will be displayed at Federal Hall as well. Both the installation and the petition embody the Dutch legacy in New York, so make sure to check it out!
Artist Brian Tolle’s "Eureka" is reminiscent of the slender gabled canal houses of 18th century New York, that were the vestiges of 40 years of Dutch rule. Tolle named his 40-foot-high sculptural Dutch façade, for Archimedes, the brilliant Greek polymath. After discovering the upward pressure on a submerged object called buoyant force, Archimedes ran through the streets of Syracuse, Sicily, shouting, “Eureka! Eureka!” or “I found it! I found it!”
First exhibited in Jan Hoet’s "Over the Edges" exhibition in Ghent, Belgium, the sculpture does not recreate the façade of a canal house itself; rather it is the façade’s rippled reflection in the flowing waterway. Its display in Federal Hall is intended to evoke a reflecting hall of mirrors that suggests this site’s architectural and political history. Tolle envisioned "Eureka" as a metaphor for Archimedes' principle of leverage. With the right tools, Archimedes believed all was possible. "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to stand," he said, "and I shall move the world."
The Flushing Remonstrance