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New York — By Steve Mirsky on May 27, 2010 at 11:47 pm
Filed under: Art, featuredarticle, gardens.outdoors

Governors Island Art

The free ferry to and from Governors Island starts running on June 5th.  If you’re in town between then and October 30th, make it a priority to take the 10 minute ride over to this little publicized oasis of pastoral calm. Although in the heart of New York Harbor only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan and even closer to Brooklyn, it’s a world unto itself.

Rendering of the Living Pavilion on Governors Island

For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base home to the US Army and Coast Guard but closed and mothballed in 1996.  In 2003, the federal government sold most of the 172-acre island (about 22 city-blocks long) to New York State for $1. Today, planning is underway to develop the verdant but at times desolate grounds into a new public open space complete with a beach and bike trails.  The following 2 art exhibits on display until Oct. will have you brainstorming  just what this island park can offer and what it will eventually look like:

FIGMENT Interactive Sculpture Garden & Mini Golf Course:  June 11 – October 10

Cutting edge sculpture using remnants of military architecture and pastoral landscaping, members of the Sculptors Guild will enhance twenty-one outdoor sites as well as all three floors of a 3,500 square foot historic house. Exhibiting member artists will periodically conduct walking tours offering first-hand insight into the creative process and stories behind many of the works. Educational work shops are also planned giving people of all ages and artistic backgrounds opportunities to try their hand at creating three-dimensional sculptures inspired by their own island experiences. At different times, an artist-in-residence will be available for questions regarding specific artwork and its progress. And don’t forget the 18 hole miniature greens!

Living Pavilion: June 6 – October 3

Living Pavilion, the result of an international design competition, is a low-tech, zero-impact installation using reclaimed milk crates as the framework for growing a planted surface similar to a green wall.  This will serve as a temporary central gathering and assembly point for other arts activities throughout the summer.

Governors Island is open every Friday – Sunday from June 5 – October 10.  On Fridays, the Island will be open from 10 AM to 5 PM; on Saturdays and Sundays, the Island will be open from 10 AM to 7 PM.  Ferries will depart every half hour when the island is open from the Battery Maritime building.  The closest subway stops to this dock are South Ferry Station via the 1 train and the Whitehall St. Station via the R and W trains.

photo courtesy of inhabitat.com

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