The Living Pyramid: Coming Soon to Socrates Sculpture Park

the living pyramid socrates sculpture park

An illustration of Agnes Denes’s The Living Pyramid. Image: via Socrates Sculpture Park.

Socrates Sculpture Park is one of NYC’s greatest locales for large-scale, often experimental public art. Founded in 1986, Socrates Sculpture Park is “the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks, and the public,” its mission statement explains.

Socrates Sculpture Park is a truly remarkable place to visit, and with incredible programming right around the corner, it’s never too early to start planning your next (or very first!) visit. This May, New York City-based artist Agnes Denes will bring her innovative take on public art to the outdoor space, with the installation of The Living Pyramid. Describes Socrates Sculpture Park,

This spring a major project by New York City-based artist Agnes Denes will add life to the city’s skyline with a curving pyramid on Socrates Sculpture Park’s East River waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. Titled The Living Pyramid, Denes’s new large-scale, site-specific earthwork will span 30 feet at its four-sided base and ascend 30 feet high, created from several tons of soil and planted grasses.

This work was commissioned by the Sculpture Park, and will be Denes’s first major public artwork in NYC since her iconic work, Wheatfield – A Confrontation, was installed in 1982. The Living Pyramid is very much indicative of Denes’s ongoing artistic aesthetic; the artist has worked with the pyramid shape for decades. Explains the Sculpture Park, “The Living Pyramid at Socrates Sculpture Park will unite Agnes Denes’s powerful environmental interventions with her ongoing exploration and invention of pyramid structures – a form that has been central to the artist’s practice throughout her long and distinguished career.”

This is definitely one installation you will not want to miss. For more information on upcoming programming and site-specific installations, visit Socrates Sculpture Park’s official website.

Agnes Denes’s The Living Pyramid

May 17, 2015 – August 30, 2015

Socrates Sculpture Park


About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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