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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
No. 67

Arsenal Gallery Debuts New Exhibit "The Land Art Generator Initiative: Freshkills Park"

On view June 27 - August 30, 2013

NYC Parks is pleased to announce The Land Art Generator Initiative: Freshkills Park, an exhibition of the top 25 designs selected from the 2012 design competition. LAGI 2012 was an ideas competition to design a site-specific public artwork that, in addition to its conceptual beauty, has the ability to harness energy cleanly from nature and convert it into electricity for the utility grid. These visually engaging concepts and systems will be exhibited in the Arsenal Gallery from June 27 through August 30.

At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. The transformation of what was formerly the world’s largest landfill into a productive and scenic cultural destination will make the park a symbol of renewal and an expression of how our society can restore balance to its landscape. In addition to providing a wide range of recreational opportunities, the park’s design, ecological restoration and cultural and educational programming will emphasize environmental sustainability and a renewed public concern for our human impact on the earth.

The expansiveness of the design site at Freshkills Park presents the opportunity to power the equivalent of hundreds, or even thousands, of homes with the artwork. The stunning beauty of the reclaimed landscape and the dramatic backdrop of the Manhattan skyline provide an opportune setting from which to be inspired. Freshkills Park offers the perfect environment to showcase the immense potential of aesthetically interesting renewable energy installations for sustainable urban planning.

The results of the 2012 LAGI competition exceeded expectations, with 250 submissions from around the globe, representing teams of artists, architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, and more. The entries prove that renewable energy can indeed be beautiful. Many of the design ideas are practical in terms of their constructability and integrate proven technologies as working media within the artwork to generate large amounts of clean energy. Each of these designs would stand as a positive amenity to the public spaces of any city.

Many of the designs highlight the beauty of nature through fresh interpretations of clouds, abstract structures of birds in flight, and futuristic adaptations of greenery. Some models harness a fraction of the energy they collect to power light cells within the structure that illuminate at night, providing a spectacular light show for park visitors. These designs not only heighten the beauty of the surrounding park land but also provide a gateway into a greater discussion about the preservation of the environment.

The Arsenal Gallery, in partnership with the Land Art Generator Initiative, is pleased to offer four programs in the gallery and a park tour in conjunction with the exhibit:

Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 p.m. Lecture about Freshkills Park and its future with Angelyn Chandler, NYC Parks & Recreation, Freshkills Park Capital Program Manager

Thursday, July 25, 6:00 p.m. Panel Discussion on Urban Energy Generation and Public Space with Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, LAGI; Anne Guiney, Institute for Urban Design; and Jennifer Sage, Peter Coombe, Andrew Kao, and Allen Slamic, of Sage and Coombe Architects

Saturday, August 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m. Tour of Freshkills Park, Staten Island

Wednesday, August 7, 6:00 p.m. Staten Island Trivia Night: “I'd Tap That: Staten Island’s Untapped Resources” with Melanie Cohn, Staten Island Arts

Thursday, August 22, 6:00 p.m. Reading with Ann Rosenthal, contributor to Regenerative Infrastructures published by Prestel and released June 2013.

Seating is limited, to RSVP please email:

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, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the Arsenal Gallery, please call 212-360-8163.

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