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Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks bringsto the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Please browse ourlist of current exhibits below, explore our archives of past exhibits or readmore about the Art in the Parks Program.

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Vicki DaSilva, East River Flows, Photo Courtesy of the artist

Vicki DaSilva, East River Flows

May 8, 2015 to August 31, 2015
116th Street
East River Esplanade, Manhattan

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.


DaSilva is a light graffiti and light painting pioneer. Since 1980, she has been making single frame time exposure photographs at night. DaSilva is credited with creating the term “light graffiti”, as well as being the first artist to make deliberate text light graffiti photographs. DaSilva was influenced during her time as an intern with video and performance artist Joan Jonas, as well as Richard Serra, whom she worked with for ten years as a part time personal assistant in the 80s. Those experiences, along with the birth of hip-hop and the fusion of graffiti with fine art, was extremely influential in her art.

Using a camera that allows a ‘bulb’ setting for an extended time while on a tripod, Vicki DaSilva walks with an eight-foot fluorescent lamp directed at the camera and the camera documents the movement of the light.

The banner, which was photographed along the Esplanade last summer and generously funded with a donation from Tiago Holdings, LLC and East River Plaza.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of East River Esplanade and West Harlem Art Fund.

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