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Park Avenue Armory’s mission is to revitalize one of America’s historic treasures as a dynamic alternative arts space unlike any other in New York. Part palace, part industrial shed, the Armory is dedicated to the development and presentation of work in the visual and performing arts best realized in a non-traditional setting. With its Gilded Age interiors and soaring 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall, the Armory allows artists to create – and audiences to experience – epic, immersive and adventurous work that cannot be done anywhere else. The Armory seeks to stimulate the most ambitious and innovative work many artists will undertake in their career. Such has been its impact in its first five years that in December 2011 The New York Times noted “Park Avenue Armory…has arrived as the most important new cultural institution in New York City.”

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It took about five weeks to install Paul McCarthy’s WS in the Armory’s 55,000-square-foot drill hall. To document the process, we set up a camera from various vantage points within the drill hall and took one photograph a minute, every minute, for 36 days. In just under four minutes, you can see how Paul McCarthy’s largest work to-date was installed in one of NYC’s largest un-columned spaces.

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