Public Artwork Brings Attention To Riverside Park Bird Sanctuary
On View June 12, 2015 through June 2016
NYC Parks presents Sky Feather, a sculpture of a monumental wooden feather that has been installed in Riverside Park. The temporary public artwork by artist Petros Chrisostomou will be on view through June 2016 at the Bird Sanctuary, located just inside the park entrance at 116th Street. The sculpture aims to bring awareness to this vibrant, natural bird community.
Sky Feather, formerly exhibited at 124th Street and Lennox Avenue, will act as a meeting point in the park and a point of discussion amongst park visitors and birders. Though feathers appear fragile and weightless, Chrisostomou’s sculpture was fabricated with stained and sealed birch plywood and stands at 12 feet tall. He notes that a feather is the symbolic remains of a journey or flight. Bird migration gracefully parallels the journey taken by people around the world. The diversity of New York City makes it an interesting and fertile arena for this homage to cultural diversity and migration. He also hopes that the sculpture will draw people from other neighborhoods to the park, adding an additional layer of movement.
The Riverside Park Bird Sanctuary runs from 116th Street to 124th Street. Since 1997, the approximately 10 acres of the Sanctuary have been undergoing reforestation, and over 3,000 plants have been added. In the last thirty years 177 species of birds have been seen in or around the Sanctuary, with a yearly average of about 120 species. Bird species spotted in the park during migration have included blue grosbeak, summer tanager, hooded warbler, mourning warbler, and nine species of sparrows. For more information on the Bird Sanctuary and optimal birding times visit NYC Audubon’s website at: nycaudubon.org/manhattan-birding/riverside-park
Summer on the Hudson, the NYC Parks’ annual outdoor arts and culture festival in Riverside Park, will organize an artist talk with Chrisostomou and a bird walk in conjunction with this exhibition. Program dates will be listed on the Summer on the Hudson website: www.nyc.gov/parks/soh. This exhibition was kindly supported by the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP).
Petros Chrisostomou was born in London in 1981. He was a resident of ISCP in New York, as well as the winner of The Red Mansion Art Prize, where he worked for a concentrated period of time in Beijing, China. His work has been included in public and private collections worldwide. Recent exhibitions include Miscellaneous and Blended, Art from NYC Museo De Arte De Sinaloa (2014); Nirvana- Strange Forms of Pleasure MUDAC Musee de design et d’art appliques Lausanne (2014); Vertigo, Xippas Gallery, Geneva (2013); Ficciones, International Biennial of Photography, Punta Del Este, Uruguay (2011); Plastic Lemons, Spring Projects, London (2011); In Present Tense-Young Greek Artists, EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2008); 3rd Beijing International Art Biennial, British Pavilion, Beijing (2008). He lives and works in New York.
NYC Parks’ 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. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art.