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Volume XXVII, Number 5633
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

MistWave On View At Cedar Grove



Photo courtesy of the artists, Padilla-Harris

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s Art in the Parks program is pleased to announce the opening of MistWave, an interactive public art installation by Padilla-Harris, the artist duo composed of Andrea Padilla and Stanley Harris. Displayed along Cedar Grove Beach on Staten Island, the exhibition will be on view through Labor Day Weekend.

MistWave will have a new home on Cedar Grove Beach this summer after its successful exhibition last summer at the Figment NYC 2011 Art Festival on Governors Island. From Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends this interactive sculpture will be cooling off sunbathers and beach combers near the park house at Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue.

The City’s newest and 8th public beach, Cedar Grove opened last summer and is fast becoming a treasured destination. More than 20,000 visitors enjoyed the beautiful water and sandy shores of this hidden gem last year.

The artists were inspired by Japanese artist and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai’s celebrated woodblock print Under the Wave off Kanagawa (1830–32). Constructed out of recycled scaffolding materials, the crest rises above the viewer spraying forth water droplets, similar to the troubled sea in Hokusai’s composition. This turquoise, tubular sculpture represents the vascular system of a wave and offers a refreshing mist from each of the five crests. Padilla-Harris’ playful use of line and form transitions a static sculpture into a vehicle of poetic expression that contrasts the fragility of human life with the power of nature.

Padilla-Harris is a collaborative between Andrea Padilla, accomplished photographer and artist, and Stanley Harris, motion picture production designer and artist. This collective started with a motivation to do large-scale public artworks, offering a free aesthetic and poetic experience to the people. Padilla-Harris’ work has been featured in New York City, Los Angeles, Colombia, Rome, Spain and Argentina, including the most recent Art Bridge Installation in Chelsea, NYC.

This exhibition was made possible in part by Joe Covello and United Hoisting & Scaffolding Corp.

The City of New York’s Department of Parks & Recreation’s Art in the Parks program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in New York City parks.


QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

“No matter how old you are, there’s always something good to look forward to.”

Lynn Johnston
(1947 - )

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