Randall’s Island Park Hosts Flow.11, A Waterfront Public Art Exhibit
Randall's Island Sports Foundation (RISF), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event announce FLOW, a two-part public art exhibition that will be on view during the summers of 2011 and 2012 along the shoreline at Randall's Island Park. This unique project is aimed at fostering an appreciation of the waterfront environment through large-scale outdoor sculptures and art installations. The first installation, titled FLOW.11, will be unveiled on July 1, 2011, with additional special celebrations planned for Labor Day Weekend, in tandem with Electric Zoo, a three-day electronic music festival at Randall's Island featuring the planet's biggest international DJs and live acts across four stages.
Flow.11 will feature five site-specific projects by emerging artists. The artists were selected from this year's Bronx Calling, the first Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) biennial at the Bronx Museum and Wave Hill. Visitors to the park can view the art installations free of charge on foot and by bike along the island's newly restored 4.5-mile waterfront pathways.
"We are thrilled to host FLOW on Randall's Island Park. This exciting project will draw many new and existing visitors to the island this summer and next. Randall's Island's beautiful waterfront pathways are the perfect location for these inspiring works of public art, set against the Manhattan skyline. FLOW is the first of many visual arts events which will take advantage of Randall's Island's unique setting in the coming years, and the installation reinforces RISF's mission to transform the park into a varied and comprehensive recreational resource for New Yorkers," said Aimee Boden, Executive Director of the Randall's Island Sports Foundation.
The artists creating works for FLOW.11 at Randall's Island are Andrew Chan, Katherine Daniels, Jongil Ma, Gregory Reynolds, and Romy Scheroder. Their works range from a 12-foot sci-fi-themed Resident Alien, inspired by the island's large water tower, to a chain-link fence woven with colorful plastic ribbons representing the island's Native American past, to Hey Poseidon, a shipwrecked wooden boat reminiscent of the many boats in the Park's history that have foundered in the surprisingly strong currents of the Hell Gate rapids in the East River. Each site has been selected to best showcase the artwork and the island -- from the ball fields to the bike and pedestrian pathways and the riverside lawns - and to reach out to Randall's Island's diverse community of ball players, bikers, runners, walkers, picnickers, island explorers, and events goers.