Thursday, November 01, 2007

More Public Art in Prospect Park


We've already featured one of the pieces of public art installed recently in Prospect Park in front of the Litchfield Villa, but there are two others that are also part of the Art in the Parks program. In addition to the work by Steve Tobin, which is on display through January 5, there are works by Stefany Anne Golberg (through Nov. 16) and Arthur Simms (through March 15, 2008). Here is some detail on the work:
Stefany Anne Golberg: Anytime, Now. Somewhere, Here
On view: October 3 – November 16, 2007
Location: The Peninsula, closest to the Vanderbilt Street and Prospect Park Southwest entrance to the Park.

Anytime, Now. Somewhere, Here is a multimedia, site-specific work based on the diary of a New York immigrant named Henry. It consists of a walk-in “observation cabinet” on the peninsula in Prospect Park, with copies of excerpts from Henry’s diary that are distributed to viewers for free (The cabinet is open Sundays, 12 – 4 p.m.). Henry’s diary tells the story of a man obsessed with the relationship between wonder and memory. The entries include descriptions of walks he took through the park, with references to Frederic Law Olmsted and his ideas about natural space in cities. In the cabinet is a song, written by the artist and based on diary entries.

Arthur Simms: Real Estate for Birds?
On view: October 6, 2007 – March 15, 2008
Location: Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park

Arthur Simms takes mundane artifacts of daily life and industrial waste and turns them into creative objects loaded with cultural memories and spiritual references. Like many of his works, Real Estate for Birds? is made from found materials: a telephone pole, rope, wood, wire, bird houses, glue, skateboards, bamboo, screws, nails, and bottle caps. Simms’s work frequently examines the cross-cultural dialogue between his native Jamaica and the United States. He lives and works in Queens, where he collects the various cast-off objects—bottles, rocks, wire, and scrap metal—that he incorporates into his work.
The other work on display is Steve Tobin's Steel Roots. It is located in front of the Litchfield Villa.



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