A Long Island City park is marking a big milestone with an art exhibit. Among the works on display is a series of busts honoring Astoria-born actor Christopher Walken. NY1’s Lyndsay Christian gives us an inside look.
Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition featuring 15 different artists.
Travis Boyer, from Texas, is one of those artists. He created a purple sculpture as a tribute to the late singer, Selena, who was also from his state.
"[The sculpture] refers to the nationwide open casting for the Selena biopic, which ultimately starred Jennifer Lopez, who is a native New Yorker," Boyer said.
Boyer says New York served as inspiration for the piece, too; specifically the Manhattan skyline.
"There's a Selena sculpture on the waterfront in Corpus Christi, and I saw this as a cool opportunity to create a similar monument on the waterfront in Queens."
It's one of many unique installations at the park. Others include a yellow sculpture, three-dimensional text and a baby grand piano embellished with mosaic tiles.
Lea Cetera created an interactive piece called "Design Within Reach," a trio of steel chairs based on the iconic designs of several architects.
"Instead of creating some kind of monolith or like, a central piece people could look at, I wanted to create something people could use, and sit and think and reflect," Cetera said.
Organizers say visitors will also experience artwork that is unique to Queens that represents the borough.
"There's a beautiful piece that actually references the architect of Queens and the history of the New York Terra-cotta Works Building," Jess Wilcox, Socrates Sculpture Park, Director of Exhibitions said.
Another Queens piece attracting a lot of visitors is an installation featuring concrete busts of Astoria-born actor Christopher Walken.
"When you emerge and are able to present your piece of art here, I think that's a nice tribute to your work and talent," park visitor and Long Islander Susan Sealove said.
Visitors can check out the innovative, contemporary art through March 12, 2017.