Meta—the company formerly known as Facebook—has inaugurated its newest home in the landmarked James A. Farley building in midtown Manhattan with five site-specific commissions.
A roster of five New York-based artists have created large-scale artworks, from joyful murals to free-hanging organic forms and to fiber and textiles murals that call to mind New York’s patchwork of people. The artists include Baseera Khan, who has created two installations inspired by the handmade silk rugs of Kashmir, and Matthew Kirk, whose panel paintings are an homage to Navajo artistic tradition.
The centerpiece commission is Timur Si-Qin’s Sacred Footprint, a 50-foot-tall stainless steel and aluminum tree sculpture, suspended from the four-story skylight of Meta’s central commission.
Si-Qin is an artist of German and Mongolian-Chinese descent, who grew up in Berlin, Beijing, and in a Native American community in the American Southwest, and his works speak to the ecological responsibility that unites disparate culture. With a tech-centered practice (He created the sculpture using 3D scans of trees), Si-Qin a good fit for the company’s dedicated art program, Meta Open Arts.
The installations “respond to the history of the iconic Beaux Arts building, pay tribute to the natural landscapes and Indigenous communities that inhabited the space long before the structure was built, and celebrate its future as an epicenter for connection and creativity in the heart of New York City,” Meta said in a statement.
See the installations below: