Time Travelers (“Andromeda Exp.”, “Cassiopeia Exp.”, “Cepheus Exp.”)
Artist: Emil Alzamora
concrete and steel
Location: (Lyric Pocket Park, Summit Promenade, Kaus Way)
Time Travelers is a group of six life-size figures who appear to be visiting and observing our world from another dimension or another period in time, most likely the future. Though recognizable, they seem out of step with their surroundings. Watching them watch us, we begin to see our world as they do: as a whole new universe to be explored.
Emil Alzamora was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Florida and Spain. After earning a degree in Fine Arts from Florida State University, he started his sculpting career in the Hudson Valley of New York working with Polich Tallix. Since then he has shown his work regularly throughout the world at a number of institutions, including The Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, the United Nations Building, Pepsico World Headquarters, and The Queens Museum of Art. This is his third installation with Summit Public Art. He currently lives and works in Beacon, NY.
Alzamora harnesses a wide range of materials and techniques to deliver unexpected interpretations of the sculpted human figure. He often distorts, elongates, deconstructs, or encases his forms to reveal an emotional or physical situation, or to tell a story.
The figures in Time Travelers are divided into three pairs—“Andromeda, Exp,” “Cassiopeia, Exp,” and “Cephus, Exp” (“Exp” being an abbreviation for explorer, perhaps)—their names derived from the constellations but also from classical mythology, a frequent source of inspiration for Alzamora, whose previously exhibited works in Summit include Hector’s Return and Andromache, both named after characters from Homer’s epic The Illiad.