david shrigley ‘memorial’ installed on the doris c. freedman plaza in central park, new york

8 September 2016
From 8 September New Yorkers will be able to enjoy a new, large-scale public artwork by British artist David Shrigley.

Shrigley is an artist best known for his hilarious - and multidisciplinary - riffs on everyday thoughts and occurrences, and so, in his typical whimsical style Shrigley will create a piece titled MEMORIAL, which will consist of a 17-foot-tall shopping list.

The granite sculpture - which will grace the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in New York's Central Park courtesy of the Public Art Fund - takes its cue from the civic monuments scattered all around the city.

"Public monuments are familiar features of parks and plazas across the world and enable communities to celebrate, remember, or pay homage to great endeavors or individuals," said Emma Enderby, Public Art Fund associate curator.

"In MEMORIAL, however, David has chosen to celebrate one of the most familiar acts in many of our daily lives: the jotting down of a grocery list. By memorializing a list in this way, the work pays homage both to no-one and to everyone-it's a simple ode to humanity."

David Shrigley on Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park, New York.