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Monday, July 01, 2013
No. 71
www.nyc.gov/parks

Sculptures Dance On East Rive Park Promenade: Lina And Gus Ocamposilva's Dancers Of The Wind

NYC Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce Lina & Gus Ocamposilva’s inaugural New York City public art exhibition Dancers of the Wind, which will be on view along the East River Park Promenade from June 26th through November 2013.

"For more than 45 years, New York City's parks have hosted eye-catching works of public art from innovative artists," said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. "We are pleased to welcome Lina & Gus Ocamposilva’s inaugural New York City public art exhibition - Dancers of the Wind - which will delight visitors to the East River Park Promenade throughout the summer and fall.”

Three twelve-foot colorful sculptures will be placed on a grassy lawn along the promenade near the baseball fields just south of the East 10th Street foot bridge. The exhibition will express the passion, movement, magic and poetry of the human body, and will also represent the freedom of the human soul. Each dancer in this exhibition is different and unique, but echoes its partners. Inspired by ballet steps (the grand jeté, adagio and arabesque), the Ocamposilvas have immortalized the poetry of form, the landscape of the human body and its capacity to challenge the forces of gravity.

Abstract and figurative, classic and contemporary, Gus and Lina Ocamposilva’s sculptures are made of strong aluminum, but appear soft and fluid. The bended forms incorporate tubes, exposed bolts, stippled texture and brilliant yellow, cobalt blue, teal and red coloring. These dancers appear to move gracefully in the wind along the East River promenade. The artists hope that park visitors will be inspired by Dancers of the Wind and invite everyone not just to admire the artworks, but to embrace the feeling of movement and to dance alongside them.

Gus and Lina Ocamposilva are a husband and wife team that creates sculpture inspired by their homes in the Andes and the tropics, a world filled with diverse colors. They have exhibited their public artworks in Kingsport, TN; Palm Desert, CA; Buffalo NY; Clearwater, FL; and Suwanee, GA, among others. Gus Ocamposilva was born in Colombia, studied Murals at Massana School of Barcelona and painting at Barcelona University, Spain.

NYC Parks & Recreation’s Art in the Parks 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 New York City parks. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art.

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