12. What We Carry Sculpture Celebrates Immigrants in Queens

Photo courtesy Queens Council on the Arts

Queens Council on the Arts has installed its first-ever ArtSite Project in Elmhurst, featuring the work of local artist Yvonne Shortt. The sculpture, titled “What We Carry,” celebrates the immigrant culture in the Jackson Heights-area. She sat in Dunningham Park, where the sculpture is now located, to collect stories from the community. She says, “My family came by boat but I thought by listening to others I could incorporate other influences into the piece.  Sitting in the park I learned how some came by plane and others by land.  I think it’s so important to remember that in many cases, one doesn’t leave everything behind unless where they are leaving is worse.”

What We Carry is located in Dunningham Triangle (82nd St. &, Baxter Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373),

Click on to see the other pieces of notable outdoor art (and a few architecturally-minded indoor exhibitions and installations) to see around the city that are still here this month:

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