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City That Never Sleeps

City That Never Sleeps (2014)

Size: 58 x 42 cm

Medium: Ink, Black Marker, Translucent Paper

City That Never Sleeps

City That Never Sleeps

This artwork attempts to reveal the changes that New York City experienced throughout the 20th century, when every decade represented a different cultural phenmenon. Each layer of translucent paper represents the city's architecture of a different decade. By combining the layers chronologically, I illustrated the gradual development of the city. Likewise, the city as we know it today was created not from sudden transformation, but from an accumulation of different layers that every decade of the 1900s contributed. The fading of the layers on the bottom represent the passage of time. Yet, no matter how much they fade, they are still visible, just as the legacies of every decade are still evident and today's New York City. The title is taken from Frank Cinatra’s famous song “New York, New York”, which celebrates the progressive nature of the city.