Wreaths Adorn The Arsenal Gallery
Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the 25th annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition, a holiday tradition at the Arsenal in Central Park.
Fine artists, environmentalists, landscape architects, graphic designers and other creative souls from within and outside the Parks Department have used materials such as foliage, wire, bicycle wheels, forged iron, knitted gloves and scissors to create 30 unique wreaths.
This year’s exhibition offers a diverse collection of wreath interpretations. Some artists use an organic base of classic evergreens, branches and pinecones, while others approach their wreaths with more modern industrial and technology-based materials. One artist weaves together colorful copper wire atop circuit boards. Another uses an actual spool from the Roebling wire rope factory and builds a miniature papier-mâché and wire model of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was designed by John Augustus Roebling and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge.
The exhibition was organized by Clare Weiss and Deborah Zingale and will be on display through December 28. Many of the wreaths are for sale with a portion of the sales benefiting Parks’ public art program.
The wreaths were designed by Beryl Brenner, Angelyn Chandler, Patricia Clark, O’Neil Clayton, Judith Hoffman Corwin, members of the Fort Hamilton Senior Center, Larry Hagberg, George Kroenert, Jonathan Kuhn, Helen Ho & Karen Overton, Paul Maringelli, Elaine Norman, Dennis Pahl, Ludmila Pahl, Aracelis Rodriguez, Edwina Sandys, Ann Schaumburger, Barbra Slitkin, members of Sunset Park Afterschool, Barbara Wallace, Dana Wilner, Takeshi Yamada, Madeline Yanni, Helen Yanolatos, Vicky Youngman, Audrey Zeidman, and Deborah Zingale.
Historically, wreaths were used as a sign of importance and victory. In ancient Rome, wreaths were worn on the heads of leaders, much like a crown. The Greeks placed wreaths on the heads of the winning athletes at the first Olympic Games. During the winter, ancient Germanic peoples placed evergreen boughs in a circle to indicate life through the winter. Today the word “wreath” most often invokes thoughts of the holiday season and round boughs of evergreens. But whatever form the wreath may take, including those of nontraditional materials, it symbolizes life and hope for the winter and the holiday season.
The Arsenal Gallery is dedicated to examining themes of nature, urban space, wildlife, New York City parks and park history. It is located on the third floor of the Parks Department Headquarters, in Central Park, on Fifth Avenue at 64th Street. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed December 25. Admission is free.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
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