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Franz West: The Ego and the ID

August 21, 2010 by Kay

It is your last chance to see Franz West's public art installation The Ego and the ID this weekend at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park, which is available for viewings until Monday 23rd August 2010.

The Ego and the Id is internationally acclaimed artist Franz West's newest and largest aluminum sculpture to date. Soaring 20 feet high, the piece consists of two similar but distinct, brightly colored, looping abstract forms, one bubble gum pink and the other alternating blocks of blue, green, orange, and yellow. Each of the forms curve up at the bottom creating stools that invite passersby to stop, take a seat, and directly engage with the artwork. The sculpture is only truly complete once the viewer interacts with the work. The Ego and the Id is consistent with the artist's overarching desire to produce sociable environments for viewing art using his signature combination of whimsy and monumentality.

Created specifically for West's first comprehensive American retrospective this past fall at the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Ego and the Id borrows its name from one of Sigmund Freud's best known texts, in which he explores the ego's battle with three forces: the id, the super-ego, and the outside world. Removing the gallery walls heightens the connection between West's work and Freud's work, allowing these forces to intermingle with the streets of New York City as a backdrop.


The Ego and the Id is on loan from the collection of Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann.

Special thanks to Gagosian Gallery.

Public Art Fund is a non-profit art organization supported by generous contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations, and with funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts

This installation is made possible through the cooperation of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris; Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe; and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.

Visitor Information

Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park Subways: N, R to Fifth Avenue; 4, 5, 6 to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue New York, NY Website: Public Art Fund | Franz West