“The Pavilion”, 1992 by architect Demetri Porphyrios
The New York City “Art in the Parks Program” has been a labor of love since its beginning days in 1967. It was then that our City made a commitment to use public space as what they called an outdoor museum, “letting works of art ‘loose’ in the city, to set them under the light of day where they intrude upon our daily walks and errands.” This month, we took a walk along the Esplanade of Battery Park City, viewing a dozen site-specific installations from Pier A to Rockefeller Park.
“Resonating Bodies”, 1966 by artist Tony Cragg
Located at the entrance to Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park on the interior Esplanade near Little W Street, are the playful sculptures “Resonating Bodies” by British artist Tony Cragg. The two textured, bronze pieces, resembling giant musical instruments – a lute and a tuba – measure 15′ x 5′ 8″ and 6′ x 15″. You might remember Cragg from his installation in Madison Square Park last year.