Artlantic: Wonder. Atlantic City, NJ

, by Oliver Lins
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In ARTLANTIC: wonder, acclaimed artists Robert Barry, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, John Roloff, and Kiki Smith, in collaboration with landscape design firms Balmori Associates and Cairone & Kaupp, have transformed two large, underused parcels of land near the city’s famous Boardwalk into striking public art spaces that will be open to the public year-round. Despite being directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy, many of the city’s most iconic structures escaped relatively unscathed—the casinos along the waterfront and the city’s historic Boardwalk reported little damage—and the ARTLANTIC: wonder installations survived intact.

The layout of the first site—housing works by Barry, the Kabakovs, and Smith—occupies over seven acres. With its two looping, curved mounds of grassy hillside, it evokes the city’s famed roller coasters, whereas the illuminated text of Robert Barry’s piece—embedded in the landscape, weaving through the site, and unifying the art with the landscape design—will come alive at night and mimic the bold signage that adorns the Boardwalk.

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