Thomas Jefferson Park
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New Jersey-based African American sculptor Melvin Edwards (b. 1937) created this abstract welded steel piece. The polished disk and crescent-like shape are indicative of the sculptor’s large-scale public art pieces, which tend to feature immense shapes that conjure up images from the natural world.
Edwards designed the polished disk to be tilted so it can reflect sunlight as the sun moves across the sky during the day. The installation of this piece was sponsored by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’s Percent for Art program. Tomorrow’s Wind was first installed at Central Park’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza before it was moved to Thomas Jefferson Park permanently in 1995.
Another of Edwards’ works, Double Circles (1968), can be seen outside Upper Manhattan’s Bethune Tower housing project. Edwards’ sculpture is also featured at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His small-scale work uses found objects such as chain links to comment on violence in political and historical issues such as slavery and racism.
Tomorrow's Wind Details
- Location: behind Recreation Center and pool
- Sculptor: Melvin Edwards
- Architect: Miceli Kulik Williams
- Description: Plate segments sandwiched together and filled with grid
- Materials: Plate segments--#304 stainless steel; grid--iron
- Dimensions: H:13'6" W: 13' D: 8'; plate segments W: 2-4" D: ¼"; base diameter 14'
- Cast: ca. 1990
- Dedicated: July 27, 1995
- Fabricator: Melvin Edwards
- Donor: Percent for Art, New York City
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Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center
New York City’s recreation centers and indoor pools remain closed to the general public until further notice to provide COVID-19 related services as well as free childcare options for children who are scheduled for blended learning. To learn more or to apply for the childcare program, please visit the New York City Department of Education’s Learning Bridges program page.
Once we reopen, NYC Parks will extend all existing recreation center memberships to cover the length of time we are closed to the general public.
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