Melissa McGill


     8 × 9.5 in (20.3 × 24.1 cm)
96 pages
25 color illustrations, 50 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616894306

Beginning in June 2015, a new constellation rises nightly above a small island in the middle of the Hudson River, sixty miles north of NewYork City. Every evening as the sun sets, starry points of light emerge one by one with the stars of the night sky above the Bannerman Castle ruin between Cold Spring and Beacon, NY.

Constellation, the book, accompanies this mysterious but sublime installation, both as an extension and artifact of the project. The book is'a visual and literary dialogue between artist Melissa McGill and several celebrated writers and poets, using the artwork as a springboard for inspiration and collaboration.
  • Constellation has many viewing points, including the Metro-North commuter trains, nearby hiking trails, boats, and roads on both sides of the Hudson River, reaching an expected five million viewers during the project's two-year lifespan.
  • Located near both Dia:Beacon and the Storm King Art Center, Constellation furthers the Hudson Valley's reputation as one of the world's finest places to experience large-scale contemporary art.

Editorial Reviews

Public Art Review:

"Like the artwork, this book establishes a constellation of its own---incorporating history, geography, and poetry as well as photography of the site and installation."


"A luminous collaboration."

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