"Figure It Out"

by David Opdyke (2011)

Permanent Installation at P.S./I.S. 163: The Bath Beach School commissioned by the New York City Department of Education and the New York City School Construction Authority Public Art for Public Schools Program, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program.

Each of the 455 Tyvek paper airplanes has a unique drawing in graphite that represents a moment of learning or figuring something out. The airplanes hang on 20 stainless steel cables that stretch from the west to the east end of the lobby, piercing the intermediate storefront glass. The cables are attached to steel brackets integrated into the building’s architecture.
The airplanes are hung and spaced to form letters in 3 rows, spelling out:

CATCHONFIGURE
OUTPICKUPTAKE
INGETITLOOKUP

The cables are attached out of sequence in the middle zone of the text, making it impossible to read the entire text from a single vantage point.

About the Artist...
David Opdyke received his BFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Cincinnati in 1992. Opdyke is a satirist of American policy and creates intricate work with obsessive detail. He is a former architectural model maker. In his work, Opdyke addresses consumption, consumerism, industry, and patriotism.