Art in the Parks
Katie Holten, Tree Museum
June 21, 2009 to October 11, 2009
Grand Concourse, Bronx
Celebrating the 2009 centennial of the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, Katie Holten's Tree Museum requires no admission fee. The outdoor project features 100 trees along a four–and–a–half–mile stretch of the Concourse. Each tree is marked off with a vinyl sign indicating its species and a phone number linked to an audio program featuring stories, sounds, and knowledge of each tree and its surrounding site. 100 audio files correspond to the 100 trees and are each recorded by various locals, poets, artists, and musicians from the Bronx community, while other segments record the sounds of trees, animals, insects, and water. In the words of Katie Holten, the museum is intended to, “give a voice to the inhabitants, the streets, and neighborhoods from the past, present, and future,” which are all interconnected. The Tree Museum is a collaborative project by the Bronx Museum of Arts and Wave Hill, in cooperation with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.
Franz West, The Ego and the Id
July 2009 to March 2010
Doris Freedman Plaza, Central Park, Manhattan
Image: : Franz West, The Ego and the Id
Photo by Meg Duguid, NYC Parks
The Ego and the Id is internationally acclaimed artist Franz West's newest and largest aluminum sculpture to date. Soaring 20 feet high, the piece consists of two similar but distinct, brightly colored, looping abstract forms, one bubble gum pink and the other alternating blocks of blue, green, orange, and yellow. Each of the forms curve up at the bottom creating stools that invite passersby to stop, take a seat, and directly engage with the artwork.
This is a project of the Public Art Fund.
Paolo Corvino, Tempo # 5
July 27, 2009 to February 7, 2010
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Manhattan
Native New Yorker and former prizefighter Paolo Corvino has experimented with many artistic styles. His recent sculptures, geometric abstractions like Tempo # 5, have presented brightly–colored, minimal forms. This work is made from painted aluminum.
Spencer Finch, The River that Flows Both Ways
June 2009 to June 2010
High Line, Manhattan
The River that Flows Both Ways is a bank of colored glass windowpanes along the tunnel over Chelsea Market. For his project, Stephen Finch took one day to photograph the Hudson River's surface 700 times, taking one shot every minute. These images have been transferred onto 700 panes of glass and placed onto pre–existing windows, which have been installed in a semi–enclosed tunnel between 15th and 16th streets, above the New York City High Line, from which the river can be seen. The piece, which uses a single pixel point from the photographs for each pane of glass, is a study on the ever–changing color of water. The tunnel itself transforms throughout the day as the levels of light shift with time. The title is the translation for the Native American name of the Hudson River, Muhheakantuck.
Finch was born in New Haven, Connecticut and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. His works constantly seek to unveil the nature of light, color, perception, and memory. This project was organized by Creative Time, with cooperation from Friends of the High Line and NYC Parks.
Art in the Parks
The Outdoor Gallery: 40 Years of Public Art in New York City Parks (PDF, 3MB)
Watch an It's My Park segment about ephemeral art in parks.
Temporary Public Art Guidelines
Socrates Sculpture Park