Artist Creed Plants His Creed

Five years ago, the Turner prize-winning British artist Martin Creed had an idea – a secret handshake. It wasn’t for just anyone; it was for his stepdaughter, who was 10 at the time. “We’d go ‘peace, love and understanding’ with these hand signals when we were saying goodbye,” says Creed. Now, Creed is taking the word “understanding” from his secret handshake and emblazoning it in enormous red letters along Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier Six in New York City. Overlooking the East river, the 25ft-tall revolving neon sculpture simply says Understanding and is open for interpretation. Created with the Public Art Fund, which puts on major works for all in New York, it ties into Creed’s first US retrospective, which opens at the Park Avenue Armory on June 8.

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