New York Times, Day by Day, August
Fleeting Lines, Laurie Johnson, Michael
Marjorie Kouns calls them time lines. By painting eight-inch purple
lines on Greenwich Village streets, she plans to capture shadows
that buildings capture shadows that cast at a certain hour, as on
some giant urban sundial.
Just before and after noon today, she will trace - with block residents'
help, she hopes - the shadows of a tenement on MacDougal Street,
off Washington Square North, and an apartment building on Jones
Street at Bleecker. The time lines will be marked with date and
hour. Tomorrow she will outline the shadows of Greenwich House,
on Barrow Street east of Seventh Avenue, and of a building on Gay
Street off Christopher.
The artist, who is affiliated with the Public Art Fund, does mainly
"environments and installations" but also sculpture and
drawings. Among the city and community agencies that are cooperating
in the time-line project is the Department of Cultural Affairs,
which paid for paint.
The idea, Miss Kouns said, is to "make people more aware of
the daily play of urban light and shadow."
"People so often say, 'How much sun does this place get?' and
in highrise areas it's getting to be less and less," she added.
As the seasons progress, the shadow outline will become increasingly
incorrect. The latex paint will wear away, as it has from experiments
on her own Minetta Street. "That's part of time lines,"
she said. "They're temporary."
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