‘American Esthetic’ by Harald Vlugt is a large 9-piece floor work, made from multiplex with a skin of marmoleum. It depicts the main traffic arteries of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey, gouged out of the surface and filled with red bees wax. Each line represents part of the history of the city of New York. The asymmetric lines of Broadway stand for the old ‘Indian-track’ from Harlem for instance. Native Americans used to walk over it to reach Battery Park, the southern tip of Manhattan to go fishing there.
The sister work to this piece is named ‘European Esthetic’ and depicts a street plan of Paris and is an integral part of the collection vof the Centraal Museum Utrecht.