STATEN ISLAND, NY – The changing seasons are on full display, as are the free NYC Parks Art in the Parks exhibits! Parks invites New Yorkers to discover more than 50 temporary installations in the parks of the five boroughs while enjoying the fall and winter in the city.
These vibrant installations range from interactive sculptures to basketball court murals and use a variety of materials including reclaimed plywood, crochet thread, plants, and sculpted marble. With tributes to essential workers, creative reuse, community and more, they express messages of renewal, hope, social justice and remembrance.
Here are some highlights:
Lina Montoya and Jodi Dareal, Together we are New York
On view until October 8, 2022
Skyline Playground, Staten Island
The Sundog Theater has partnered with the Association for a Better New York on their 5-borough project celebrating what it means to be a New Yorker, “Together we are New York.” Influenced by the thoughts of prominent members of the Island community, this mural also describes what it means to be a Staten Islander. Artists Lina Montoya and Jodi Dareal incorporated themes of compassion, dynamism, family, caring for others and resilience.
This exhibition is presented by Sundog Theater and Association for a Better New York.
KaN Landscape Design and Caroline Mardok, In honor of Black Lives Matter
On view until April 18, 2022
Poe Park, Bronx
This interactive installation of several figures cut from plywood is applied with collages and photographs from the @ ny.strong photography project by artist Mardok. As people walk through the portals, they are transported into the energy of the 2020 protests: the unified experience of citizens of all ethnicities and genders fighting for freedom and justice for the lives of black people. The team also collaborated with the Bronx River Art Center on a program focused on public art and activism, offered to a team of young adults who create their own sculptures and photographs. Their work will be featured in a group exhibition responding to the Black Lives Matter movement, in conjunction with the installation of KaN + Mardok’s sculptures at Poe Park in the Bronx.
This piece is one of five created by the Plywood Protection Project, each set in a different neighborhood of New York. The exhibition is presented by worthless studios.
Jasmin Chang and Treillis, Community hero
On view until August 9, 2022
Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn
The Community hero The photo exhibit aims to bring together residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Fort Greene neighborhoods and celebrate those who empower and nurture these neighborhoods. Individuals were selected to be photographed and profiled as community representatives, or heroes, from a pool of applications, collected during a community outreach process. Community hero seeks to tell the stories of the unsung heroes of the neighborhoods through the collaboration of new and longtime residents, often people of color whose families have lived in the community for generations. Community hero continues to collect nominations for heroes and is looking for photographers to take their portraits. This exhibit is on display at Commodore Barry Park as well as Fort Greene Park and St. Andrew’s Playground.
Bryce Peterson, Hanging gardens
On view until August 20, 2022
Highland Park, Brooklyn
The Hanging Gardens of Brooklyn project offers a public art installation and community gathering space, envisioned as the synthesis of an interactive sculptural pavilion and a hanging botanical garden. The pavilion supports a hanging garden that grows in spiral canals mounted on the trellis roof. The garden will feature a mixed pallet of grape flowers and vegetables and will use an automated drip irrigation system.
This exhibition is presented by Brooklyn Arts Council, City Artist Corps and SITU.
Faith Ringgold, Windows of Marriage # 1: Woman
On view until August 8, 2022
Saint-Nicolas Park, Manhattan
This basketball court mural is based on Faith Ringgold’s 1974 work Windows of the Wedding # 1: Woman. After exploring abstract shapes in the 1970s, Ringgold gained acclaim for her storytelling quilts created in the 1980s. The basketball courts at St. Nicholas Park start off as an abstract motif, but as time goes by. Hundreds, if not thousands, of stories take place on the surface of the field, they will turn into a sort of living narrative quilt. Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930 and graduated from City College of New York (next to St. Nicholas Park).
This exhibition is presented by Project Backboard.
FÃ©lix Marzell, BIG APPLE
On view until September 12, 2022
Bella Abzug Park, Manhattan
Sitting in the Apple, users will be able to enjoy a 360-degree view of their surroundings at all times. Since the arrival of Covid-19, citizens have taken to the streets and local parks more frequently to exercise on a daily basis and enjoy a total change of scenery. This Apple is GREAT for ensuring that distancing measures are maintained while participants enjoy their urban discoveries. Not only is the modern design of the cut slices airy, but the space also allows only one family or couple in the core at a time.
This exhibit is presented by Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance.
Chinatown Yarn Circle with Naomi Lawrence, Stand Talking Shape
On view until October 8, 2022
Columbus Park, Manhattan
Chinatown Yarn Circle, led by Tina Lin, Naomi Lawrence and local organizations, represents an intergenerational community that comes together to STAND UP together; SPEAK out for justice; and SHAPE society through civic action and hooking. The flowers pay homage to the builders of the AAPI community, embodying collaboration, the triumph of struggle and inspiring future generations.
Stand Speak Shape is made possible in part by funding from OCM, Think Chinatown, Asian Americans for Equality and Knitty City.
Judith Modrak, Endangered fossils
On view until April 10, 2022
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
The Endangered Fossils represents an imaginary archaeological dig of the great fossils of New York State. The sculptures are inspired by the trilobites, brachiopods and crinoids that flourished in the Devonian, around 400 million years ago. These crab, clam, and starfish-like organisms lived in marine environments very similar to today’s coral reefs. The project questions the origin of the ecosystem in which we live and our role, our relationship and our responsibility towards this environment in the light of cataclysmic climate change and global pandemics.
Afro Pick: Remembering & Moving Forward, Yvonne Shortt with Mayuko Fujino + Joel Esquite + Community Queens
On view until July 11, 2022
MacDonald Park, Queens
The play is a way to honor those who died during COVID. It is also a way to celebrate the community moving forward to create a better world for our young people by taking what we have learned as a community and working together for change. The Afro Choice was born over 5,500 years ago in Africa as a way to honor, celebrate, educate and empower.
Funded by RPGA Studio, Board Member Koslowitz and ConEd.
Hive Public Space and The Urban Conga, The Ribbon
On view until September 30, 2022
Triangle Rafferty, Queens
This piece is a fun interactive platform that invites you to connect with LIC admirers, deliver a message, and engage with the surrounding space in new ways. It is part of a multi-site installation across Court Square where kinetic units reveal “love notes” submitted by residents, workers and visitors.
About art in the parks
For more than 50 years, NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has brought contemporary public art to more than 200 of the city’s parks, collaborating with arts organizations and artists to produce more than 2,000 works of art. 1,300 notable and emerging artists. For more information on the works currently on display and for tips on how to exhibit with Parks, visit nyc.gov/parks/art.