City Life Org – Art in the Parks: See Public Art on Display This Summer
Steven Evans, Songs for a Memorial (photo courtesy of NYC AIDS Memorial)
Summer is officially here and NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program is ready with a variety of outdoor installations in parks across the five boroughs. Parks invites New Yorkers to experience more than 40 temporary works of art on display while enjoying summer in the city. These dynamic installations include sculptures, large-scale murals, and interactive sound projects, exploring themes of nature, community, music, remembrance, and more.
The full list and a map of current exhibitions can be found on the Parks’ Art in the Parks page. Here are some highlights this season:
Stephanie Vidal & Fernando Leon, Feed your soul and find your zen
On view until October 16, 2022
Concrete Plant Park, Bronx
This mural is inspired by the concrete plant park and the wealth of activities and opportunities it offers the community to connect with nature. The images guide you through the park trail, navigating through the Food Forest, nearby plants, and the Bronx River.
This exhibit is presented by the Bronx River Alliance and Bronx Health REACH.
Nikki Lindt, The Underground Sound Project
On view until May 13, 2023
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
The Underground Sound Project is a sound walk and interactive public art installation based on a series of underground acoustic recordings made by artist Nikki Lindt. Along a wooded trail, beginning at a trailhead near Dog Beach, visitors will encounter features such as a stream, maple tree, forest floor, wildflowers, and more. Via a sign with a QR code at designated locations along the promenade, visitors will be able to experience the corresponding underground sounds in a series of one-minute videos accessible on The Underground Sound Project’s interactive website.
This exhibit is presented by the Urban Field Station Collaborative Arts Program, organized by the USDA Forest Service and The Nature of Cities, and presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance.
Steven Evans, Songs for a Memorial
On view until September 6, 2022
NYC AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent Triangle, Manhattan
Songs for a Memorial (2020-22) consists of 12 text-based polychromatic LED sculptures designed to evoke neon signage and the dynamic energy of nightlife, creating vibrant layers of color throughout the Memorial. This work sits at the intersection of language and memory through Evans’ appropriation of song titles inextricably linked to the period surrounding the start and height of the AIDS epidemic. By juxtaposing multiple song titles across genres, Evans weaves tales of individual and collective memory and history that simultaneously speak to complex relationships between loss, love, sadness, joy, and celebration.
This exhibit is presented by the NYC AIDS Memorial.
Sherwin Banfield, Back at The Meadows, a tribute to LL Cool J and a performance at FMCP
On view until November 23, 2022
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
This sculptural work of sound performance is dedicated to Queens hip-hop legend LL Cool J, his hometown of Queens, NY, and historic performances at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The sculpture features a traditionally carved portrait bust of LL Cool J seated on a mirror polished stainless steel radio design and steel pedestal frame. The pedestal design includes references to LL’s unique style and career accolades and Queens landmarks. The sculpture’s audio speakers are solar-powered, highlighting the use of green technologies.
This exhibition and that of Haksul Lee The tree that gives are made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artwork by Queens-based artists for two Flushing Meadows Corona Park sites.
various artists, Waterfront: access and divide
On view until July 21, 2022
Tompkinsville Park, Staten Island
This public immersion experience features local artists and invites viewers to create stories on the Staten Island waterfront. Waterfront Access & Divide is an exhibition of 44 photos that offer insight into the people, places and things of the community. The photos shape potential stories of what is and what can be for this waterfront neighborhood. Photographers featured in this exhibition include Kelly Vilar, Shani Mitchell, Soraya Candelario and Everet.
This exhibition is presented by the Staten Island Urban Center.
About Art in the Parks
For more than 50 years, NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has brought contemporary public artwork to more than 200 city parks, collaborating with arts organizations and artists to produce more than 2,000 works of 1 300 notable and emerging artists. For more information on the works currently on display and for tips on how to exhibit with Parks, go to nyc.gov/parks/art.