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Percent for Art

   Jean Shin

Settings, 2010, Ceramic plates and tiles




Completion Date:



Ceramic plates and tiles


10 feet high x 60 feet wide x 2 inches deep


PS IS 276, Battery Park City


55 Battery Place, Manhattan


Dattner Architects

Sponsor Agency:

Board of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority


Settings is comprised of ceramic plates donated by the families and staff of PS/IS 276, and members of the larger community of Battery Park City.  By collecting and displaying decorative plates from homes and offices located in the neighborhood, this installation brings the domestic realm into the public setting of the school’s cafeteria.  While the plates themselves represent individual participants, the wide range of collected designs speaks to the diversity of the neighborhood.  The participatory nature of the artwork makes Settings a portrait of the local families, residents and organizations in Battery Park City that support the life of PS/IS 276.  Inspired by the belief that early childhood education grows out of the home and the school, this project celebrates the tradition of families and communities eating together and learning from the stories that each person contributes during meal times.

About the Artist...
Jean Shin is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community.  For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object—prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters—which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community.  These objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos and site-specific installations.  Distinguished by her meticulous, labor-intensive process, and her engagement with community, Shin’s arresting installations reflect individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society.

Her work has been widely exhibited in major national and international museums, including in solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC (2009), the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2006), and Projects at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2004).

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  She lives and works in New York City.