Socrates Sculpture Park is a few blocks from the Noguchi Museum in Queens, and a fun counterpoint to the Museum's quiet meditative ambiance. The day we were there the park was crowded with neighborhood kids in costumes for a halloween event. Dogs were in costumes too, and a farmer's market was happening on top of it all. It was a neighborhood happening. The exhibit was EAF 13: Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition.
The work above is by Thordis Adalsteinsdottir, and is called Bear Eats Man.
The giant blue thing is made of plastic bags that moved gently like leaves very beautifully in any breeze.
I wondered if the chandelier in this open tree house was lit up at night. I hope so. There were many more works. Those were my favorites.
Their Mission Statement:
The park's existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment. Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite until 1986 when a coalition of artists and community
members, under the leadership of artist Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park for local residents.
Today it is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of free public services."
Ahhhh, New York. A delicious bite of the Big Apple!