For Madison Square Park Conservancy’s public art commissioning program, artist Abigail DeVille has installed Light of Freedom, a new work that reflects the despair and exultation of this turbulent period. The project is a thirteen-foot high reference to the Statue of Liberty’s torch, and to the scaffolding that encased it during construction. DeVille has filled her torch with a well-worn bell, a herald of freedom, and the arms of mannequins, beseeching viewers.
Marking the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s 38th commissioned exhibition, New York-based artist Leonard Drew is creating a monumental new public art project for the Park entitled City in the Grass. The installation will present a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama.
On a cold winter night a few years ago, we arrived early to an art installation opening at the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Triangle, and looking for a place to warm up, a volunteer asked if we had ever seen the interior of the Appellate Division Courthouse, just on the other side of Madison Square Park. It was a delightful surprise.
Madison Square Park will be kicking off its Fall season with the new art installation entitled Full Steam Ahead by artist Arlene Shechet. This installation will consist of a series of sculptures in porcelain, wood, and cast iron installed around and within the emptied circular reflecting pool in the north end of Madison Square Park.
What’s This? Five new bee hives in Madison Square Park
Madison Square Park is now home to five new Bee Hives! The newest members of the Madison Square Park garden don’t yet appear on the website, and most park-goers aren’t yet aware of their presence. But if you look closely along the east and west sides of the park, you will find the open-faced wooden structures. We were fortunate to get a tour of each of the hives by park employee, Marvin Burgos.