The annual unveiling, which has become a renowned tradition for those who live and work in the neighborhood, will take place December 4 at 5 p.m. at Queens Crossing Outdoor Plaza. It will be on display through January 31.
This year, Asian American artist Jaena Kwon will interpret the feelings and emotions associated with the holiday season and transform them into a lively sculptural piece titled, “Hearts as One.”
The sculpture looks as if its been folded from paper into a heart shape, with its creased lines and rough edges. While most of Kwon’s pieces are painted one bold color, the new sculpture has a dark blue interior, while the exterior is painted a traditional deep red.
The opposing colors connect to the idea of co-existence and unity rather than division, and the belief that even with different opinions, groups of people can exist harmoniously together.
As one of the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the United States, Flushing is unique with its own distinct identity – an enclave of immigrants and dreamers who came in search of the American dream.
Kwon’s sculpture, and ideas of peace, unity, warmth and aspiration, comes from a deep appreciation for the Flushing community at large.
The sculpture is also a symbol of hope for the community, which has suffered deeply as a result of discriminatory rhetoric stemming from COVID-19.
Having lived in Queens for five years, Kwon has developed a close connection to the local community and witnessed the borough’s economic development over the years.
“Flushing is one of my favorite places in Queens I am glad to have my artwork speak to the hearts of many in the community,” she said. “There is nothing more that the Queens community needs than positivity and something to look forward to,” Kwon said.