If you’re taking a trip out to Governors Island this summer, be sure to check out Rachel Whiteread’s “Cabin.” Permanently installed on the island’s Discovery Hill in 2016, the artist created a concrete cast of the interior of a simple cabin, a place suggestive of retreat and introspection. Strewn around the cabin are numerous bronze casts of discarded objects including bottles, cans, and other refuse, some of which were sourced on the Island itself. “Cabin” was Whiteread’s first major permanent public commission in the United States, and her first public art installation in New York since “Water Tower” in 1998.
#RachelWhiteread, “Cabin,” 2016; concrete. Photo: Farzad Owrang.