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Victor Matthews Install
Saturday, June 05, 2004
No. 54

BUTTERFLIES IN THE BATTERY: 3,000 PAINTED UMBRELLAS BY ARTIST VICTOR MATTHEWS

DATE: Saturday, June 5th, 2004

TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The Battery
(Inside the park, enter at State Street and Battery Place)

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Spanning across the park's three-acre lawn, the artist will construct grid of nearly 3,000 umbrellas, each individually hand-painted with a rendering of a Monarch butterfly. Measuring 40 inches in diameter, the open umbrellas will be placed two feet apart in a checkerboard formation.  

DETAILS: The project will be one of the largest public art installations ever exhibited in the park. In his studio, the artist has painted the butterfly image directly onto the cotton canvas of the umbrellas using black, orange and yellow water-based paints. Whether viewed from near or afar, the umbrellas will create a stunning and vibrant impression of a migrating flutter of flame-colored butterflies. 

Born in Brooklyn in 1963, Victor Matthews currently lives and works in New York's Chinatown. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is in private and public collections around the world, including the 48th Venice Biennale.  

Parks & Recreation's temporary public art program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in City parks. Committed to the exhibition of art by emerging and established artists, Parks & Recreation has supported projects ranging from international exhibitions in flagship parks to local, community works in neighborhood parks and traffic islands.  

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CONTACT: (212) 360-1311

Related Press Release:
VICTOR MATTHEWS' BEYOND METAMORPHOSIS AT THE BATTERY

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