“At the Same Moment”
by Lawrence Weiner
Governors Island Ferry Dock, NYC
As the ferry departs Manhattan, passengers can see the work of artist Lawrence Weiner: the words AT THE SAME MOMENT painted on the wooden fender rack that guides the ferry into and out of its slip. Weiner is an artist whose medium is language, and his work for This World & Nearer Ones reflects his ongoing examination of the relationship between language and physical site. Text-from the official signs in subways and on streets to the ubiquitous presence of advertising-guides our experience in the world. AT THE SAME MOMENT invites us to consider the spatial and temporal relations between two distinct places and the ferry journey that links them together. The ferry’s shuttling back and forth echoes the many populations that have come and gone from the island, from the Native Americans to the Dutch and British, the US Army and Coast Guard, and the thousands of civilians who enjoy it today. As one group departs, another arrives at the same moment. As a greeting and a farewell to visitors, Weiner’s text kindles a sense of this history and fleeting simultaneity in the mind of the receiver.