1. Morphous Arrives at Union Square Park

1-Union Square Morphous Untapped Cities AFineLyne copy

The Union Square Partnership, in collaboration with Cynthia-Reeves Gallery and New York City Parks (Art in the Parks Program) installed South African artist Lionel Smit’s sculpture, Morphous, at 15th Street and Union Square East in celebration of the Partnership’s 40th anniversary. This is Smit’s first public art installation in the United States. Smit, who was born in Pretoria, created Morphous out of his deep fascination and profound respect for the indigenous people of his country – in particular the Cape Malayan peoples. The bronze sculpture features the conjoined heads of two women gazing outward “epitomizing hybrid identity within a South African context, and reflecting the disintegrating construction of identity within our increasingly globalized world.” Since 1967, Union Square Park has displayed more than forty pieces of artwork. Morphous will be on view through April 30, 2017.

Check out several of June’s installations that are still on view or check out our Top 10 Off-the-Beaten Path Ways to Spend the 2016 4th of July Weekend.  Get in touch with the author at AFineLyne.