FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 30, 2005
DEBORAH BUTTERFIELD HORSES GRACE PARK AVENUE MALLS
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculpture by Deborah Butterfield on the Park Avenue Malls, from October 1, 2005 through January 29, 2006. The works, entitled Deep Time (2005), Cicada (2005), and Wilder (2005), will be exhibited between 52nd and 53rd Streets and 53rd and 54th Streets. The works evoke life-size horses, created from scrap metal and driftwood, each unique work cast in bronze. They will be placed on the grassy areas of the malls, against a backdrop of classic New York skyscrapers. The sculpture is presented upon the recommendation of the Sculpture Committee of the Fund for Park Avenue and in cooperation with Edward Thorp Gallery, New York.
Deborah Butterfield is an internationally renowned artist based in Montana who has been creating sculptures of horses since the mid-1970s. The artist transforms pieces of scrap metal and found wood into majestic horse sculptures that are what art historian Wayne L. Roosa describes as "like ancient noble archaeological remains, skeletal and grand." A nationally touring exhibition of her work is now on view at Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach Florida, through December 11, 2005.
Parks & Recreation’s temporary public art 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 City parks. Committed to the exhibition of art by emerging and established artists, Parks & Recreation has supported projects ranging from international exhibitions in flagship parks to local, community works in neighborhood parks, playgrounds, and traffic islands.