On the horizon: Wild horses take over Grand Central Terminal

This March, artist Nick Cave sets 30 multicolored stallions loose in the 100-year-old station.

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Nick Cave, HEARD•NY at Grand Central Terminal

Nick Cave, HEARD•NY at Grand Central Terminal Photograph: Travis Magee, courtesy Creative Time and MTA Arts for Transit


The droves of commuters flowing through Grand Central Terminal can bring to mind that wildebeest stampede that felled Mufasa in The Lion King—harried, tense and brutal. This March, performance artist Nick Cave (no, not that Nick Cave) makes us slow down and question our own herd-animal behavior in HEARD•NY, a free performance installation that introduces a few grazers into the tumult. Sixty dancers dressed in tandem horse costumes will meander through the terminal as if it were a sunny field, sporadically coming together to perform choreographed pieces, accompanied by live harpists.

As you can probably tell from the above photo, these aren’t literal equine representations, but flamboyant, noisemaking “Soundsuits,” Cave’s trademark wearable sculptures. The horses will be at their dressage March 25 through 31; when they’re not in use, the costumes will be on display in Vanderbilt Hall. Part of Grand Central’s centennial celebration, this is Cave’s first public-art piece in NYC. Click here for more info.


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