Gary Sczerbaniewicz, Tunguska, September 22-November 3, 2017

WNY artist Gary Sczerbaniewicz’s immersive architectural installation titled Tunguska will be on display from September 22-November 3, 2017. The project consists of a multi-sensory, multimedia installation. The core concept of this piece is a mythological motif of ‘the arduous task’ in which the participant engages in some ritual activity and after which is rewarded with new understanding in exchange for their labors. For Tunguska, the viewer will enter a narrow rectangular structure and ‘climb’ a nearly horizontal stairway-at the end of which is located a window into a large-scale architectural diorama portraying a devastated interior landscape.

In an effort to engage new audiences in the community as well as encourage exhibit participation, Tunguska will be introduced to the Tri-Main neighborhood in June and July 2017 through a series of a smaller ‘preview’ sculptures located at various satellite garden locations. These sculptures will take the form of wood periscopes providing similar views. The periscopes will also contain cards that will provide clues and links to the installation, acting as beacons, heralds, or enticements to the main exhibition at BAS. The journey to BAS and Tunguska itself becomes another arduous task, reinforcing the conceptual basis of the installation.

The public arts component of this project is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.

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