Fluent, the newest work by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, will be unveiled on Tuesday, May 29 at the Hoboken Ferry/NJ TRANSIT Terminal. The public is invited to join the artists from 7pm – 9pm for a sunset opening event on the ferry slips of the newly renovated terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Fluent is a work integrated with both the context and architecture of the historic Hoboken Ferry Terminal. A constellation of related elements is intended to augment the public’s sense of place, focus viewers’ gaze on both the macro- and microscopic aspects of the living river, and reveal the invisible wind currents that surround them.

Suspended from above in each Ferry Slip, a double-ended taper formed of horizontal rings is defined by eight vertical cables with a ‘pananemone’ at its center. Composed of two half discs perpendicular to one another, the instrument is responsive to all winds. Anchoring the gauges at the water’s surface are incremented plummets, sensitive to the river’s ebb and flow. The gauge measures the 5’ rise and fall, its tip visible twice each day at low tide.

An array of stainless steel discs hang from the high ceiling, transforming the air above into a dramatic field of reflection. A series of stainless steel vanes with plummets weave through the flow of discs. Animated by the fluctuating wind, the suspended vanes respond to the shifting air currents with precise, nuanced movement. Articulating the unseen fluid dynamics of the space, Fluent echoes the tidal fluctuations of the Hudson and the flow of commuters moving through the Terminal.

Fluent was fabricated by KC Fabrications, Inc. with engineering by Tectonic. It was commissioned for the Hoboken/NJ TRANSIT Terminal by the New Jersey Transit Arts Program, with assistance from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Funding was made possible by the Federal Transportation Administration.

Directions to the Hoboken Ferry/NJ TRANSIT Terminal:

NY Waterway
> from World Financial Center Ferry Terminal, Hudson River
> from Pier 11, Wall Street, East River
PATH: Any train to Hoboken – Ferry Terminal directly above
NJ TRANSIT: Any train or bus to Hoboken Ferry/NJ TRANSIT Terminal