Post Apocalyptic Central Park

An international design competition was launched last April LA+Journal that charged artists, architects, planners, and designers with reimagining and redesigning New York’s Central Park for the 21st century.  There were 382 entrants from 30 different countries, with a total of 193 designs.  In the end it was five entries submitted from Australia, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States that won. Each of the winners will receive a $4,000 cash prize and publication in LA+Journal’s LA+ICONOCLAST issue. The ICONOCLAST Design Competition, as it was called, was inspired by a hypothetical eco-terrorist attack carried out in protest to the loss of the world’s forests. Through this scenario, the design competition provokes artists to “tackle big questions about how we represent and manifest ideals of public health, democracy, and nature.”  You can view the extraordinary winners here.

Statue of Doctor J. Marion Sims to be removed from Central Park

A statue of Doctor J. Marion Sims, credited by many as the father of modern gynecology, is being moved under the city’s push to oust symbols of hate on city property. East Harlem residents and city officials have long advocated for the statue’s removal, asserting that it honors Sims’s medical achievements while overlooking that between the years 1845 and 1849, he performed gynecological exams on 12 enslaved women without anesthesia, NBC New York and DNAinfo report.

East Harlem City Council member Bill Perkins has taken a strong stance against the statue, and is calling for its removal.

“The community has seen statues along the way for years, but once the community began to study these statues and understand what they mean, they found out that they come from a mentality and an era that are quite inconsistent with today and the future,” Perkins said at a Monday rally calling for the statue’s removal. “And while one might say it’s just standing there, it represents us, and I don’t believe that the community in general finds this something to brag about.”

The statue stands in Central Park, near Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street near the Museum of the City of New York. On Saturday, protestors from Brooklyn Youth Project 100 dressed in “bloodied” hospital gowns gathered at the site to condemn the monument to Sims.

“Anarcha, Lucy and Betsy—these women had names,” City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said at Monday’s rally. “He repeatedly performed surgery on black women without anesthesia because, according to him, black women don’t feel pain.”

The city will move the Central Park monument to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where he’s buried.

Giant Space Bubble Descends on Central Park

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Art in the Parks, Spacebuster, in partnership with the Storefront for Art & Architecture, is bringing its pop-up exhibition, New Icon-i-Cities, to Central Park on Saturday, October 21 from 11 am to 3 pm.

The exhibition will bring audiences inside Spacebuster, a van outfitted with an expanding inflatable bubble that houses up to 120 people. It is an extension of the Storefront’s current installation, Souvenirs: New New York Icons, which is comprised of original work by 59 artists to “represent and redefine the collective imagery for each of New York City’s 59 communities.”

According to a press release, New Icon-i-Cities aims to “bring together critical approaches to the shifting and complex iconography of the city.” By bringing this bubble to Central Park, participants will have the opportunity to attend a series of talks and a workshops in a unique space, inspiring visitors to perceive New York differently.

Spacebuster is all about allowing visitors to present their ideas on what constitutes an icon of the city today. Project creator, raumlaborberlin, wants New Yorkers to “produce their own iconography for their neighborhoods.”

Photo courtesy of Channel V Media

This event also combines ideas from We Like America, an experimental Spacebuster road trip that traveled America’s Rust Belt to transform public spaces into impromptu community zones.

This multifaceted collaboration comes together in celebration of Art in the Parks, an initiative by the New York City Parks Department that allows artists to transform the city’s public spaces through sculpture, music, theater, dance, and poetry. Over 2,000 works of art later, the initiative is now in its 50th year; its anniversary will be celebrated during the Parks Department’s program, “It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks.”

Join in on the festivities by exploring Spacebuster, which will be located at Central Park’s East Pinetum on East 84th Street from 11 am to 3 pm Saturday, October 21.

Arsenal Gallery Exhibition: Wreath Interpretations

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 33rd annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths.  A diverse selection of 50 fine artists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol.  Venetian blinds, surge protectors, Q-tips, forged steel and lost winter gloves are among the many varied materials used to examine diverse themes ranging from jellyfish overpopulation to the upcoming presidential election.  This exhibition is an imaginative and enjoyable experience this holiday season.

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

This event repeats every weekday between 12/4/2015 and 1/7/2016.

This event is free and open to the public.

Location – Arsenal in Central Park Accessible

830 Fifth Avenue
Manhattan

Directions to this location

Location Details:  Third floor gallery

Cost – Free

Event Organizer – Art & Antiquities

Contact Number – (212) 360-8163

Contact Email

artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov

Projected Shadows Over Central Park Just Gained Another Foe

MAS Accidental Skyline Report 2Councilman Mark Levine is ready to tackle the shadows that will be cast on Central Park by the city’s new “super towers”. Levine, who also chairs the parks committee, will introduce legislation that would create a task force charged with looking into the looming threat of the shadows, Capital New York reports. The task force will include the parks commissioner, and commissioners from city planning, department of buildings, environmental protection, and housing preservation and development. Their primary objective will be to research how much of a menace the shadows will really be, recommend ways to mitigate them, and catalogue new developments that may contribute to a too-shady Central Park.
· Council to take up park shadows [Capital NY]
· Hundreds Fret About Supercrapers’ Shadows as Extell Rebuts [Curbed]