Meet the Artist
Get to know Mark Reigelman, the Brooklyn-based artist behind Groundswell.
I take great satisfaction knowing my work is part of a movement that intends to redefine public space, encourage interaction between people and their environment and work towards the reweaving of our social fabric. I am less an artist and more akin to those people with metal detectors searching the landscape for something magical.
I designed a waterfront piece—Sweetwater Playground—near my studio in Brooklyn, New York, that was inspired by the formed Domino Sugar Factory site. It takes children through a fun-filled representation of the sugar refining process with ramps, conveyor belts and slides, all while taking in the views of the New York skyline.
When Alexandria was a busy port city in the 18th and 19th centuries, drastic measures were taken to extend the city’s shoreline, including intentionally sinking wooden ships and thousands of timber pilings that crept further into the Potomac River, creating a fluctuating new boundary. My installation Groundswell seeks to bring an element of play to the shoreline’s material topography with an immersive ecosystem of 102 raw wood pilings topped with etched blue mirrors that shimmer like water.