Sunnyside Restaurant week is celebrating the neighborhood and hosting a site-specific art show highlighting the work of four international artists. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
It didn't take much convincing for Guisseppe Falco to okay an art installation in his Queens Boulevard Restaurant Venturo.
"Yeah we were super open minded obviously we love art and when she approached us we were all about it," Falco said.
So now Carlo Steiner's Butterflies occupy a wall at the eatery. It is one of four sites that are part of an installation called "Conveying the Invisible", arranged by the public arts group "No Longer Empty."
"I tried to be most attentive as possible to interact with each space and to have an art work in each space that on the one hand represents the identity of the space but in the other hand gives to the audience another point of view of what problems in today's society can be," said Exhibit Curator Sarah Corona.
The artwork is part of the first Sunnyside restaurant week which runs through Friday. It invites visitors to enjoy deals on meals in one of the city's most culturally diverse neighborhoods.
"We have restaurants ranging from Turkish food and Nepalese food to Thai restaurants, sushi, seasonal Italian like where we are right now to more traditional Italian," said Sunnyside Shines BID Executive Director Rachel Thieme.
And the art is sort of an extra course for diners making their way here.
"We have such amazing restaurants here but we don't have a lot of art galleries or arts institutions here in the neighborhood so we saw it as an opportunity to work with our existing restaurants as kind of galleries for the week which has been a really fun experiment," Thieme said.
And as for the butterflies at Venturo, Guiseppe Falco thinks they will be hanging around for awhile.
"We're not going to take this down. I think so much work and effort went in, there was an Italian artist who came from Italy, how do you take it down after five days," Falco said.
The art installation is scheduled to run through November 16.
For information on the art and the neighborhood's restaurant week, visit sunnysideshines.org or nolongerempty.org.