Art in the Parks
Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks brings to the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Please browse our list of current exhibits below, explore our archives of past exhibits or read more about the Art in the Parks Program.
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DB Lampman, The Dance
November 9, 2015 to October 28, 2016
Conference House Park, Staten Island
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.
The Dance consists of five figures floating 15 feet above the ground. The figures, formed with steel and wrapped in nylon, hold hands and dance whimsically within a rectangular steel structure. At night the figures light up and cast a glow around the neighboring trees. The Dance is inspired by Henri Matisse’s painting by the same name. Similar interlocked figures can be found throughout art history, including Mayan art, African tribal sculptures, and ancient Mesopotamia, among others, to symbolize family, community, and spiritual or universal connectivity. Lampman uses this symbol for the coming together of the Staten Island community.
Lampman lives and works in Staten Island and has embraced the diverse community made up of residents from around the world. In the exhibition, the five figures are entwined in a dance—they could be Flamenco dancers from Mexico, Kandyan dancers from Sri Lanka, or a dance from West Africa such as the Yankadi, or the Makru.
Many Staten Island neighborhoods were flooded during Hurricane Sandy, and sadly lives and homes were lost in the storm. However, Staten Island came together during this crisis—strangers dropped everything and join people from around the island and all over the world to rebuild the community. The neighborhoods’ joint effort is an integral part of the inspiration for Lampman’s public artwork. Additionally, Lampman hopes that the installation will inspire additional community development, as the informal pavilion can be used for public dance and music performances by community members.