Amid overcast skies and intermittent rain, a tornado touched down on New York’s High Line last week—well, an approximately 9-foot-tall, motorized foam sculpture of a tornado. Windy by Morocco-born artist Meriem Bennani made its debut and became the first of its kind in more ways than one: It’s the first public sculpture by Bennani and the inaugural piece co-commissioned and curated by High Line Art along with Audemars Piguet Contemporary, the art-commissioning arm of luxury Swiss watch company Audemars Piguet.
Bennani, who is currently based in New York, is most recognized for her prior work with large-scale video installations. In early 2020, she created
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