Big Cities. Bright Lights.
“This public exhibition of 18 sculpture compositions by Peter Woytuk has been organized by the Broadway Mall Association in conjunction with the Parks Department and The Morrison Gallery. The exhibition starts at Columbus Circle with the monumental “Elephant Pair”… The exhibit continues north along Broadway, culminating with the majestic and graceful “2 Bulls” at 168th Street.”source
“Peter Woytuk (American, b. 1958) is recognized internationally for his sculptures of animals. Woytuk cleverly reduces their shapes to essential forms, allowing the power and elegance of his subjects to become both graceful and whimsical expressions of mass. Using a style that is at once descriptive and expressive, Woytuk also enjoys altering the scale of everyday objects such as tools or fruit, which in his hands are transformed into animated participants in the composition.”source
the exhibit runs from october 2011 – april 2012.
all pics taken by me on march 5th 2012 /…
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Well, it actually doesn’t exist yet. However, it would seem they are being funded by people everywhere to get the project underway. What a cool concept. New York’s first underground park. Such a great way to transform the unused area and use new technology that can beautify the space.
Dan Barasch and James Ramsey are Co-Founders of the Delancey Underground project and here is a little about their project…
What is the LowLine?
We want to transform an abandoned trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of Manhattan into the world’s first underground park. It will be a new kind of public space, using solar technology for natural illumination, and cutting edge design to capture and highlight a very special industrial space.
A park… underground?!?
Ever wonder why there’s so little green space in New York? There aren’t a lot of empty plots of land just waiting to be turned into new parks. New Yorkers have had to be a little more creative, and must look in unusual places – the High Line, a park built on an old elevated rail trestle, is a great example.
A few years ago, we learned about a massive unused former trolley terminal in our neighborhood, the Lower East Side. We got to thinking: what if we could build a park– underground– even if the space lacked natural sunlight? So we explored using fiber optic cables to transfer sunlight below ground– to support the growth of plants and trees. As we shared this idea with others, people got excited. “An underground High Line for the Lower East Side,” they’d say. “Kind of like… a LowLine.” The nickname stuck.
To read more: LowLine: An Underground Park on NYC’s Lower East Side A Design project in Lower East Side
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