New art installations pop up in city parks
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Art in Parks
Jack Howard-Potter, Torso II, Swinging II, Messenger of the Gods (medium)
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The Parks Department’s Art in the Parks program recently added more than a dozen outdoor exhibitions to brighten up the city’s public spaces.

Artists have found a variety of creative ways to add warmth to the colder months, with photography installations across the city, an augmented reality artwork at Rockaway Beach, a powerful text-based installation at Prospect Park’s iconic bandshell, and more.

The new installations include:

• Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine (Mildred Beltre and Oasa DuVerney), Inspired By “What Is Left”

Prospect Park

On view through May 2, 2021

Inspired by the 1993 Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) poem “won’t you celebrate with me,” this installation amplifies Clifton's words as a reminder of the daily struggle for survival of Black women and the ongoing struggle for racial equality. Through the word “celebrate,” the quote is a more nuanced call for both joy and work, anger and love.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, the Prospect Park Bandshell has served as the backdrop for moments of protest and joy, celebration and memorialization, making it the perfect location for this installation.

This exhibition is presented by BRIC and Prospect Park Alliance.

• Rocko Rupert, Timberwolf

Maria Hernandez Park

On view through October 25, 2021

“TimberWolf” uses utilitarian materials like reclaimed lumber to beautify this corner of the park and serves as a metaphor for how everyday materials can be repurposed. It plays into the importance of resourcefulness, breathing use back into what is considered to be “used-up.”

The artwork takes the form of a dog’s head, a nod to the popular nearby dog park. At the end of the public art installation period, “TimberWolf” will be donated to another public space to be enjoyed. The possibility to be reused or repurposed with additional functionalities gives this living installation another life.

• Jeannine Han and Dan Riley, Another way it could go

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

On view through October 15, 2021

This work pays homage to the incredible universe of possibilities present at every moment. Made of ceramic, tile, marble, glass, seashells, sand, cement, and steel, and inspired by computer simulations, the artwork pays homage to the artists’ perspective that our daily reality is a glimpse of an epic landscape of decisions that define who we are.

This exhibition is made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artworks by Queens-based artists for two sites within Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

• Laura Lappi, 7 x 7 (HOPE)

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

On view through September 5, 2021

Finnish-born, Queens-based artist Laura Lappi’s “7 x 7 (Hope)” explores issues of space in New York City and the impact of cost of living and housing on immigrant communities in Queens. The sculpture consists of a black wooden house structure that measures seven feet long, five feet wide and seven feet high, referring to the size of the average illegal basement room.

Each wall has an embedded letter, creating a word “HOPE.” A light inside the structure makes glows at night.

This exhibition is also made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant.

• Shantell Martin, Big Yard Mural

Seaside Playground

On view through October 10, 2021

Martin is best known for her dynamic, category-defying, larger-than-life drawings. Her work explores identity as a critical pathway to self-expression and often asks, who are you? She uses her signature lines, iconic shapes, and primarily monochromatic black and white imagery to reflect the vibrancy of Rockaway’s community and urban beach landscape.

The transformed 16,000-square-foot outdoor recreational space is now a 360-degree activation where text and images appear out of her fluid and interconnected lines. This project was made possible by Friends of Seaside Playground (FOSP) in collaboration with 7G Group and The Rockaway Hotel.

• Kris Perry, Mother Earth

Rockaway Park

On view through August 11, 2021

“Mother Earth” draws on an array of architectural elements, from temples, mosques, and churches to the open columned spaces of Classical Greek buildings. The spire directs the viewer’s gaze skyward while its reflected shape points back down towards the Earth.

Visitors are encouraged to occupy the sculpture’s central space where one can look outward upon the landscape in a moment of introspection. The 35-foot-tall sculpture is made of Corten steel, a material that will evolve with the seasons and site.

• Jack Howard-Potter, Torso II, Swinging II, Messenger of the Gods (medium)

Court Square Park

On view through September 12, 2021

Long Island City-based sculptor Jack Howard-Potter makes large, often kinetic, figurative steel sculptures that can be seen in city governments, sculpture parks and public art shows around the country.

The outdoor public arena is the perfect setting for the academic roots to be easily recognizable and accessible, bridging the gap between the fine art institution and the public. It all comes together in an effort to brighten the landscape and shift someone's gaze to break the daily routine with something beautiful.

• Gaston Lachaise, Floating Woman (Floating Figure)

Hunter’s Point South Park

On view through September 23, 2021

This work is one of Lachaise’s best-known monumental works dating from the late 1920s. The buoyant, expansive figure represents a timeless earth goddess, one Lachaise knew and sought to capture throughout his career. This vision was inspired by his wife, who was his muse and model, Isabel, that “majestic woman” who walked by him once by the Bank of the Seine.

This work is a tribute to the power of all women, to “Woman,” as the artist referred to his wife, with a capital “W.” This exhibition is presented by Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and the Lachaise Foundation.

For more information on works currently on view and for tips on how to exhibit artwork in city parks, visit

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