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New Art Comes To Riverside Park

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After a new public installation opened Friday, some new faces greeted runners and walkers alike in Manhattan's Riverside Park. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.

Selva Sanjines of Chile calls her sculpture “Flight: From Past to Future.”

"It's based on the history of the area that we are standing in today in the park, past of the commerce in the river, and the present now and the future that is going to happen, not yet," said Sanjines.

Sanjines is one of seven artists with sculptures newly installed at Riverside Park South, part of the Model to Monument program, a five year partnership between the Art Students League of New York and the Parks Department.

The works are located between 59th and 72nd streets and will be on display for a year.

"These works are a great example of how artists can contribute to the community,” said Ira Goldberg, of the Art Students League of New York. “Each one of the participants was asked to respond to the park’s environment and its surroundings, and each fulfilled their task uniquely, inspired by what they observed."

One such work is “The New Age” by John Balsamo, which is another look at changes on the city waterfront.

"The transformation of the city park to recreation from the Industrial Age, and that's what I was trying to come across with the streamlined figure and the more relaxed New Yorker who comes to the waterside," said Balsamo.

Parks Department officials say temporary exhibitions like this allow a number of artists to have their work seen by the masses.

"To give many different artists of different stripes and media styles, content, a chance to show in public places,” said Jonathan Khun, director of art and antiquities for the Parks Department.

The Art Students League and Parks Department also teamed up for another sculpture in Van Cortlandt Park that goes on display Tuesday.

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