FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 11, 2017
NYC PARKS’ LATE SUMMER ROUNDUP OF NEW PUBLIC ART EXHIBITIONS CITYWIDE
Enjoy every last minute of summer weather in New York City’s parks by visiting the season’s outdoor public art exhibitions across the five boroughs. From miniature sculptures in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to vibrant, stunning murals in the Bronx, there is so much to take in. Now in its 50th year, NYC Parks’ public art program, Art in the Parks, continues its mission to bring contemporary public artworks to the city’s parks, making New York City one of the world’s largest open-air galleries. Since 1967, NYC Parks has collaborated with arts organizations and artists to produce over 2,000 public artworks by 1,300 notable and emerging artists in over 200 parks.
Cecile Chong, “EL DORADO - The New Forty-Niners”
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
On view through September 24, 2017
Cecile Chong’s installation is based on the myth of the lost treasure of El Dorado, a metaphor for an ultimate prize that one might spend a lifetime seeking. In this updated version of the story, El Dorado is reimagined as a contemporary archeological site in Sunset Park promoting ideas of transformation, immigration and community. The 100 metallic-colored sculptures are modeled after tightly swaddled babies, or guaguas, that the artist saw while living in Ecuador. Forty-nine are painted gold, referring to the percentage of New Yorkers who speak a language other than English at home.
Conrad Stojak, “4 Seasons of Lindens at the Linden Sitting Area”
Linden Sitting Area, Brooklyn
On view through October 29, 2017
“4 Seasons of Lindens at the Linden Sitting Area” consists of four decommissioned parking meters, each outfitted with a small diorama of linden trees throughout the seasons. The meters pay homage to the trees for which this small park is named. As part of his ongoing series “The Parking Meter Project,” Stojak upcycles obsolete New York parking meters into public works of art. Each one is an individualistic, self-contained micro-world depicting New York City scenes in the form of urban dioramas that are community specific.
William Soltis, “Divergence”
Cuyler Gore Park, Brooklyn
On view through October 31, 2017
“Divergence” is a welded steel sculpture about experimentation with the human form, positive and negative relationships, and the interplay between the figure and a sculptural environment. In his art, William Soltis experiments with shapes, images, patterns, and lines, allowing the construction process to create the idea. As a subject, the human figure lends itself well to this open process. It can be left representational or made abstract. Its form can be smooth, angular, sharp, or curved, with active, passive, or emotive gestures.
Amanda Patenaude, “One Map of Many Moments”
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
On view through May 25, 2018
“One Map of Many Moments” is an artist-led, community-generated project that transforms trash into inspiring public art by turning hundreds of broken glass shards collected from Fort Greene Park into a mosaic map of the park. Drawings from park visitors depicting everything from historic figures of Fort Greene to the current day activities and horticultural wonders of the grounds are sprinkled throughout the map. Each piece of the larger whole highlights the role of community in preserving urban green spaces.
Various Artists, “Hudson Square: Through Our Eyes”
Spring Street Park, Manhattan
On view through July 11, 2018
This exhibition features the work of student photographers from Chelsea Career & Technical Education High School. It consists of several banners featuring photographs taken by the students in the neighborhood around Spring Street Park, capturing the unique aspects of history, commerce, architecture and other features of the Hudson Square neighborhood. Led by artists from Magic Box Productions, the senior students worked as a photography and documentary team on this project. Magic Box Productions addresses the growing need for exemplary media arts education in New York City’s public K-12 schools.
Ruth Hofheimer, “Birds of Paradise”
Bayswater Park, Queens
On view through July 24, 2018
Inspired by the wildlife in Bayswater Park and the larger ecosystem of Jamaica Bay, Hofheimer’s 500-foot-long mural reflects the landscape, plants, and animals that live along the city's coastline. Images of herons, osprey, striped bass, Spanish mackerel, and marshy grasslands are incorporated into the public artwork. Birds, particularly herons, are the focus of Hofheimer’s design because of Jamaica Bay's famed reputation as a "birder’s paradise." Guided by the artist, neighborhood volunteers helped paint the mural using a simple paint-by-numbers process.
Lady K Fever, “Birds Eye View”; “Soaring”; “Natural Elements”
Mosholu Playground, Bronx
On view through August 2018
Painted along the walls of this community playground, this installation consists of three murals by Lady K Fever. “Birds Eye View” offers a seasonal journey through the eyes of a soaring red-tailed hawk overlooking the park. Located on the park’s entrance ramp, “Soaring” transforms Bronx skies into a fantastical scene of hot air balloons, butterflies, dragonflies, moths, and ladybugs. “Natural Elements” presents a narrative of the seasonal life cycle of leaves as well as recognizable flora and fauna like the ruby-throated hummingbird and daylily, Bronx’s official flower.
Samantha Holmes, “Hell Gate Cairns”
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
On view through August 11, 2018
“Hell Gate Cairns” is a series of stacked stone pillars, or cairns, that stand watch over the western coastline of Riverside Park. The stone forms draw attention to the boulders that line the waterfront, remnants of the great earthmoving projects of the 20th century that cleared the city’s waterways. Their placement at the water’s edge recalls these feats of human engineering, while further calling upon the cairns’ symbolism as an ancient sign of treacherous waters. Their verticality reflects the nearby skyline, embodying the human impulse to imaginative construction – stacking stones first in play, then as architecture.
For more information about the Art in the Parks program, and for even more public artworks, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art