Happy New Year!
It is the first week of the New Year and before another moment passes, I would like to wish everyone a brilliant year filled with the realizations of all of your dreams, hopes and aspirations. As we embrace another 365 days of existence, like clockwork, we also buy into that notion that we must create a meaningful list of to-do’s and to-don’ts to be accomplished. I never take this task lightly and this time sought a little winter spiritualism to soothe my soul and give this process a little clarity.
Located on the campus of Pratt Institute in the heart of Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, is the Pratt Sculpture Park. Founded in 1999 as a collaboration between Pratt Institute President Thomas F. Schutte and sculpture professor David Weinrib, the park showcases work by international and local artists. There are more than two dozen sculptures on view at any given time. Each sculpture comes with a plaque explaining the piece and telling a little bit about the artist. The recent snowstorm only added to the charm and beauty one experiences during a winter visit to this park, the largest of its kind in New York City. Peaceful and serene, its current vision is that of an outdoor winter wonderland of contemporary art.
It stretches across the entire twenty-five acres of Pratt’s Brooklyn Campus and in 2006, was recognized as one of the ten best college and university campus art collections in the country by Public Art Review. Pratt, which was founded as a private institution in 1887, boasts nearly 5,000 students and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in design, art, architecture, writing, and library and informational sciences. It also happens to be my alma mater.
Here are opportunities to awaken your senses to the obscure and notable. The diversity of the concepts and materials is arresting. The array of contemporary works are carefully selected to provide subtle contrast to the late 19th century architecture seen across the campus. Works are rotated into the program every two to three years. Only a select few remain longer. As a result, the park remains a work-in-progress, always evolving. Richard Serra, Donald Lipski, Mark di Suvero and Martha Walker are just a few of the many who have or have had works exhibited here. Tranquil, relaxing and open year round, this is truly a park for all seasons. So be sure and check it out…it’s free.
Pratt Institute/200 Willoughby Avenue/Brooklyn, NY 11205/(718) 636-3600
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