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History

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This 332-foot long, ten-foot tall cast-concrete sculpture wall by artist Toshio Sasaki (1946-2007) was installed on the boardwalk outside the Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation in 1992, and is the artist’s first major public commission.

Facing the beach, the free-standing wall features terrazzo and ceramic shapes with motifs of ocean waves, fishes, and zygotes. As the viewer travels the length of the piece, the images become more and more primitive, suggesting the evolution of marine life. The four-ton piece was sponsored by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art program, and was installed to celebrate the Aquarium’s then-new Sea Cliffs Exhibition, which features a state-of-the-art marine mammal habitat. The work won an Art Commission Award for Excellence in Design in 1992.

Updated Apr 04, 2007

First Symphony of the Sea Details

  • Location: Riegelmann Boardwalk / Louis Valentino Jr. Way
  • Sculptor: Toshio Sasaki
  • Architect: Goldstone & Hinz
  • Description: Mural on free-standing wall
  • Materials: Terrazzo, ceramic, and concrete
  • Dimensions: H: 10' L: 332'
  • Cast: 1992
  • Dedicated: June 26, 1993
  • Donor: Percent for Art, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

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Know Before You Go

There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

BeachesBrighton Beach

NYC beach season has been extended through September 13. After Labor Day, beaches will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At Coney Island, the following locations will remain open for swimming: Coney Island Avenue, Brighton 6th Street, Brighton 4th Street, Brighton 2nd Street and Ocean Parkway. We may adjust swimming beaches on a daily basis due to site and surf conditions, so please observe all posted signs and flags to swim in safe locations, so please observe all posted signs and flags and swim only where a lifeguard is present.

BeachesConey Island and Coney Island Boardwalk

NYC beach season has been extended through September 13. After Labor Day, beaches will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At Coney Island, the following locations will remain open for swimming: Ocean Parkway, West 8th Street, West 12th Street, Stillwell Avenue, West 16th Street, West 19th Street, and West 33rd Street. We may adjust swimming beaches on a daily basis due to site and surf conditions, so please observe all posted signs and flags to swim in safe locations, so please observe all posted signs and flags and swim only where a lifeguard is present.

BeachesConey Island and Coney Island Boardwalk

Portions of the boardwalk are closed to reconstruct the street ends of Brighton 2nd Street and West 33rd Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn in order to provide new ADA compliant ramps to the boardwalk, sitting areas, new planted areas and lighting.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

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