NYC's Arsenal Gallery to Host THE LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE, 6/27-8/30

NYC's Arsenal Gallery to Host THE LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE, 6/27-8/30

NYC Parks is pleased to announce The Land Art Generator Initiative: Freshkills Park, an exhibition of the top 25 designs selected from the 2012 design competition. LAGI 2012 was an ideas competition to design a site-specific public artwork that, in addition to its conceptual beauty, has the ability to harness energy cleanly from nature and convert it into electricity for the utility grid. These visually engaging concepts and systems will be exhibited in the Arsenal Gallery from June 27 through August 30.

At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. The transformation of what was formerly the world's largest landfill into a productive and scenic cultural destination will make the park a symbol of renewal and an expression of how our society can restore balance to its landscape. In addition to providing a wide range of recreational opportunities, the park's design, ecological restoration and cultural and educational programming will emphasize environmental sustainability and a renewed public concern for our human impact on the earth.

The expansiveness of the design site at Freshkills Park presents the opportunity to power the equivalent of hundreds, or even thousands, of homes with the artwork. The stunning beauty of the reclaimed landscape and the dramatic backdrop of the Manhattan skyline provide an opportune setting from which to be inspired. Freshkills Park offers the perfect environment to showcase the immense potential of aesthetically interesting renewable energy installations for sustainable urban planning.

The results of the 2012 LAGI competition exceeded expectations, with 250 submissions from around the globe, representing teams of artists, architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, and more. The entries prove that renewable energy can indeed be beautiful. Many of the design ideas are practical in terms of their constructability and integrate proven technologies as working media within the artwork to generate large amounts of clean energy. Each of these designs would stand as a positive amenity to the public spaces of any city.