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Public Art Exhibition Opening: Cecile Chong - EL DORADO -The New Forty Niners

Friday, June 23, 2017

5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.

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Join NYC Parks and Cecile Chong for the opening of her public art exhibition EL DORADO-The New Forty Niners.

EL DORADO-The New Forty Niners is a new public art installation that pays tribute to the 49% of NYC households that speak a language other than English. The installation is based on the myth of the lost treasure of El Dorado, a metaphor for an ultimate prize that one might spend a lifetime seeking. In this updated version of the story, El Dorado is discovered in Sunset Park as a contemporary archeological site. This installation promotes ideas of transformation, immigration, and community. It honors the opportunities that this city offers to newcomers, but most of all, it acknowledges the labor and efforts that immigrants contribute in return. The 100 metallic-colored sculptures are modeled after tightly-swaddled babies, or “guaguas,” that the artist saw while living in Ecuador. 

Image Credit: Image courtesy of the artist.


Location Details:
Enter park at 41st Street and 5th Avenue, walk up the steps and installation is at the top in the triangular planting bed.



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