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“One of New York’s many hidden treasures, the Socrates Sculpture Park was founded in 1986 by the sculptor Mark di Suvero. This summer, it is home to The Living Pyramid, a site-specific earth work by New York-based artist Agnes Denes. It consists of a four-sided pyramid that curves upwards to a point thirty-feet above the ground.”
Top 5 Public Art Installations to See This Summer
–Brienne Walsh, The Huffington Post (July 14, 2015)

“A springboard for philosophical musings, the quietly massive form of “Living Pyramid” will be gradually altered by the time-bound growing cycle of the layers of plantings that line the perimeter. The simple form demands more open space, nevertheless, it rises sublimely against the background of the Manhattan skyline.”
Vantage Points: Three Works at Socrates Sculpture Park
–Cathy Cullen, Hyperallergic (July 11, 2015)

“While there are many concerts in the [SummerStage Concert series], which is in its 30th year, taking place in 18 parks around the city, the Queens shows will be held in Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park through July 30.”
With Flair and Soul, More Concerts Set for Queens
–Queens Chronicle (June 25, 2015)

“[Outdoor Cinema] continues with a global perspective that includes films from Sweden, India, France, Saudi Arabia and the Czech closer “Alice”—Jan Svankmajer’s surreal mix of animation and live action.”
‘Kids,’ 20 Years Later, Plus Outdoor Films
–Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal (June 24, 2014)

“Today, [Socrates] is an internationally recognized outdoor museum that provides a unique outdoor space to encourage artists to create and display large-scale sculptures and exhibits.”
A Whole World to Explore in a Single Neighborhood
–Daily News (June 24, 2015)

“An evening of duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and Dan Saunders (pianist).”
Things to do in Queens, June 24 to July 1
–Joe DiStefano, About Travel (June 23, 2014)

“Rooftop has also selected two films for Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park, which returns to Long Island City this summer for an 18th consecutive summer of free screenings of films from around the world on Wednesday nights in July and August.”
Rooftop Films Announces Free Events Summer 2015
–Broadway World (June 23, 2015)

“The Wednesday night festival on the Long Island City waterfront includes France’s “A Heroic Life” (July 15), Bangladesh’s “Iron Crows” (July 22) and the Czech Republic’s “Alice” (Aug. 19).”
Ultimate Summer Guide to 2015: Make Sumer in NYC a Free-For-All with Gratis Museum Days, Concerts, and More
–Chauncey Alcorn, Gianluca Cuestas, Peter Splendorio, Daily News (June 20, 2015)

“Socrates Sculpture Park’s summer film series, curated by Film Forum, begins July 1, and promises gems like a reinterpretation of Alice in Wonderland by trippy Czech claymationist Jan Svankmajer.”
Park Yourself in Front of these Highbrow Outdoor Film Fests
–Daniel Maurer, Bedford + Bowery (June 19, 2015)

“Easily visit the SculptureCenter, and other LIC cultural powerhouses….courtesy of the free LIC Art Bus, an initiative that’s now in its second year, and makes navigating the LIC cultural scene a breeze…. Of special interest this summer at Socrates, check out the large-scale installation The Living Pyramid, by Agnes Denes, and a full roster of special free summer events, like a sunset performance by the Metropolitan Opera on June 24.”
Why Queens is the NYC Borough You Can No Longer Ignore
–Elissa Garay, Fodor’s Travel (June 18, 2015)

“Socrates Sculpture Park has announced the schedule for its Outdoor Cinema film festival. Now celebrating its 17th year, the popular festival features open-air cinema, music, dance and food, held in the 5-acre waterfront park in Long Island City.”
Unique International Film Festival Kicks off at Socrates Sculpture Park
–Bill Parry, Times Ledger (June 16, 2015)

“In Queens, there’s Greek food in Astoria plus many museums there and in nearby Long Island City: Museum of the Moving Image, Socrates Sculpture Park, Noguchi Museum and PS1 with its fabulous eatery, M. Wells Dinette.”
Essentials: NYC From the Classics to New Attractions
–Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press (June 11, 2015)

“In preparation for the parade, children and their families are invited to repair their bikes with Recycle-A-Bicycle; get free helmets and fittings with the Department of Transportation; and decorate their bikes at artist-led workshops. Also bring your gently used children’s bicycle to donate or swap.”
What to do in Queens this Weekend and Beyond
–Queens Courier (June 5, 2015)

“Students from 11 city schools gathered in Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City on Friday to discuss such pressing issues and create their own works of art to express their opinions.”
Kids Advocate for Social Change Through Artwork
–Christopher Barca, Queens Chronicle (June 4, 2015)

“The Family Series concerts are also especially enriching. This summer, the orchestra will have several concerts aimed at families, including…a Summer Solstice Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park on June 21…”
A Closer Bond to Music, Through Interaction
–Silas Valentino, Queens Chronicle (June 4, 2015)

MorDance Kicks Off Third Season This Weekend
–News Desk, Broadway World (June 4, 2015)

“LIC Bike Parade Workshop, 11 am to 5 pm. Prior to the parade, learn how to repair and decorate a bike. Plus, get free helmets and fittings.”
It’s in Queens!
–Queens Gazette (June 3, 2015)

The Best New York City Neighborhoods for Renters Right Now
–Zoe Rosenberg, Curbed (June 3, 2015)

“This month, she’ll present The Living Pyramid, her first large-scale public work in New York since Wheatfield; a 30-foot-tall living sculpture constructed from tons of topsoil planted with grasses and wildflowers, the installation will be presented at Socrates Sculpture Park.”
Agnes Denes
–Maika Pollack, Interview Magazine (May issue, 2015)

“In Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park, a snaking plywood helix winds across the grass.”
This Summer, Beautiful Geometric Sculptures Decorate New York’s Socrates Sculpture Park
–Alexa Lawrence, Architectural Digest Daily Ad (May 28, 2015)

“Eleni’s work will be on view at the park until November. The piece, composed of 10 tiles, depicts a visit to Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park.”
On Saturday, Enjoy Art in the Park
–Queens Chronicle (May 28, 2015)

“The pyramid’s facets curve gently into a sharp point at its pinnacle, wildflowers and grass sprouting from its steps.”
Artist Plants New Roots — and Voices — in Queens
–Neil Chiragdin, Queens Chronicle (May 21, 2015)

“Denes was commissioned to create “The Living Pyramid” for the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City — her first land-art creation in New York since “Wheatfield.” The 30-foot-tall structure sown with the seeds of several grasses should have started to sprout by mid-May.”
Works in Progress
–Phoebe Hoban, New York Times T Magazine (May 15, 2015)

“…Consider venturing to Socrates Sculpture Park along the East River, where this weekend there is yoga, a sculpture workshop for kids and the debut of a 30-foot-tall curving pyramid.”
New York Today; Basking in the Spring Sun
–Todd Heisler, The New York Times: City Room (May 15, 2015)

“Frieze’s arrival coincides with the spring opening of this outdoor art space in Queens, featuring site-specific sculptural spheres by IK Studio and photographic work by Vera Lutter, as well as New York artist Agnes Denes’ ‘Living Pyramid,'”
A “Living Pyramid” and 8 Other NYC Art Happenings
–Jason Chen, Alexa NY Post (May 12, 2015)

“Join the Noguchi Museum for a day of kite making at Socrates Sculpture Park.”
Events in Queens for May 7-13
–Queens Tribune (May 7, 2015)

“The landscape at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City will change dramatically in several weeks with the May 17 debut of several site-specific works.”
Dramatic Works to Debut at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City
–Bill Parry, Times Ledger (May 6, 2015)

NYC Tourism Campaign Will Focus on New Spots
–Ivan Pereira, AM New York (May 5, 2015)

“Beginning May 17, the park will feature four new exhibitions by Agnes Denes, IK Studio, Heide Fasnacht and Gabriela Albergaria; they’ll run through Aug. 30. The park also hosts family-friendly performances, workshops, and activities throughout the season.”
Visit 5 NY Parks Focusing on Outdoor Art
–Jim Catalano, Poughkeepsie Journal (May 1, 2015)

“Made from curved plywood and polymer panels, the structures are freestanding and interactive, creating a space for visitors of the sculpture park to interact, engage, reflect, and imagine.”
The Twenty Five
–Heather Corcoran, Lauren Pellerano Gomez, Brook S. Mason, David Sokol, Maxwell Williams, Cultured Magazine (April/May issue, 2015)

Floating Echo, an inflatable Buddha by artist Chang-Jin Lee, is seen floating in the Harlem river at Socrates Sculpture Park.”
Big Blow-Ups
–Shannon Stapleton, Reuters (April 27, 2015)

“…Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park (pictured above) and arts education initiative Urban Arts Partnership will each receive a grant, to be doled out in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.”
New York Mayor’s Office, Teamsters Team Up for Community Grants
–Gordon Cox, Variety Magazine (April 24, 2015)

“[Living Pyramid], scheduled to open at Queens’s Socrates Sculpture Park on May 17, will add a giant earth structure to the city skyline, covered in grass and flowers that will bloom throughout the summer season.”
10 Surprisingly Earth Friendly Artworks for Earth Day
–Sarah Cascone, Artnet News (April 22, 2015)

“Perhaps one of the most anticipated projects is a living installation at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.”
Color & Life: Queens Style
–Christina Shreil, Queens Chronicle (April 15, 2015)

“Socrates Sculpture Park has announced plans for Suspect Terrain, a work by Heide Fasnacht that will appear to be a 30-foot wide sinkhole, which opens May 17.”
Socrates Sculpture Park Prepares for Heide Fasnacht’s Giant Sinkhole
–Sarah Cascone, Artnet News (April 8, 2015)

“A sculpture resembling a sinkhole and another that will feature two manmade “trees” are among the works that will be on display at Socrates Sculpture Park this season.”
Giant Sinkhole Sculpture Coming to Socrates Park
–Jeanmarie Evelly, DNAinfo (April 7, 2015)

“This spring, [Socrates] will unveil a new work by Agnes Denes, which aims to draw attention to environmental concerns.”
Come to MoMA: LIC is a Focal Point of NY’s Art Scene this Spring
–Theresa Agovino, Crain’s 5boros (April 2, 2015)

“Over 30 years since Agnes Denes transformed the former landfill of Battery Park City into a wheat field, she is back with a new public art intervention that will erect a massive flower-covered pyramid on the East River waterfront.”
New York’s 10 Most Beautiful Public Art Shows for Spring
–Sarah Cascone, Artnet News (March 30, 2015)

“The winning proposal for this year’s Folly installation at New York City’s Socrates Sculpture Park rethinks social interaction in public spaces with a sculptural installation resembling cross-sections of basketballs protruding from a horizontal plane.”
This Year’s Folly Installation in New York City Bends and Twists Spheres into an Innovative Plywood Pavilion
–Kindra Cooper, Architect’s Newspaper (March 25, 2015)

“This summer, Denes is building a large earth pyramid in Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens and inviting the public to plant wildflowers and grasses all over its stepped surface.”
A Wildflower Pyramid Grows in Queens
–Kriston Capps, Citylab (March 23, 2015)

“Torqueing Spheres combines a simple concept – a straight line – with complex spherical pods which become deep, self-supporting chambers to create experiences for both the collective and the individual.”
Ibañez Kim Studio wins Folly 2015 with “Torqueing Spheres”
–Justin Testado, Archnet News (March 18, 2015)

“Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York have announced that Cambridge and Philadelphia-based firm IK Studio is the winner of the 2015 Folly Program.”
Public Art in Dumbo; Socrates Sculpture Park Contest Winner
–Jeremiah Budin, Curbed (March 18, 2015)

“Queens’s Socrates Sculpture Park will take Land Art to the next level this spring with a monumental site-specific project by New York–based artist Agnes Denes.”
Agnes Denes to Build Living Pyramid at Socrates Sculpture Park
–Sarah Cascone, Artnet News (March 17, 2015)

“Socrates Sculpture Park features rotating exhibits and annual events, such as the kite flight and bike parade…. In the summer, you can also catch live performances, such as Shakespeare in the Park or The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series, on select dates.”
Top 20 Free Things to do in NYC
–Annie Bruce, Huffington Post Travel (January 29, 2015)

Balloon Swing Proposed for New York Park
–Dan howard, De Zeen Magazine (January 27, 2015)


“A new public art installation is making a splash in Queens.”
Lounge Around This Faux-Pool in Long Island City
–Jeanmarie Evelly, DNAinfo (July 24, 2014)

“…the event also raised questions about the boundaries of public art, namely that such works need not be material, or even permanent, revealing that sound can be public too.”
Public Art in the Sonic Realm
–Charles Eppley, Hyperallergic (June 23, 2014)

“Althamer, an artist with a passion for social collaboration, will partner with Socrates to bring workshops, events, and talks throughout the summer that look to invoke Blakely’s pursuits of social justice and community building.”
Step into the Queen to discover a new reality
–Tess McRae, Queens Chronicle (May 29, 2014)

“It’s an altogether profound experience that brings together art and nature, built and organic.”
Forces of Nature: Zilvinas Kempinas
–Faye Hirsch on Scarecrow, Art in America (May 9, 2014)

Free shuttle bus for Long Island City art
–The Wall Street Journal (May 6, 2014)

“It’s no secret that Long Island City art institutions have long had problems drumming up foot traffic to their spaces in western Queens, but four of them have joined forces because they believe a shuttle bus may just help.”
4 Long Island City Art Institutions Launch Free Shuttle Bus
–Hyperallergic, by Hrag Vartanian (May 5, 2014)

“We are making sure the people that deserve it are getting it,” said Elissa Goldstone, exhibition program manager at Socrates Sculpture Park. “We are giving women a moment to be praised and to be focused on.”
Woman to give free manicures at Socrates Sculpture Park
–Queens Courier, by Angy Altamirano (April 29, 2014)

“The park announced its summer lineup this week on its new website, which now includes a live webcam that shows the sky at the park so visitors can check the weather before heading out.”
Socrates Sculpture Park Readies for Summer Season With Giant ‘Scarecrow’
–DNAinfo, by Jeanmarie Evelly (April 26, 2014)

“The structure, which opens to the public on May 11, has its origins in American suburbia, which has encroached on New York City and other major cities.”
SuralArk Wins Competition for Architectural Folly in Queens Park
–Cornell University News (April 14, 2014)

#15: Socrates Sculpture Park
25 Most Amazing Sculpture Gardens in the World
–Best Value Schools (April 2014)

“Noah has come to the East River.”
50-Foot Ark Floating Into Socrates Sculpture Park in Climate Change Warning
–DNAinfo (April 4, 2014)

Giant sculpture coming to LIC’s Socrates Sculpture Park
Queens Courier (February 20, 2014)



 For an Excited Nude Statue, Finally a Little Bit of Privacy
–Sarah Maslin Nir, The New York Times (December 28, 2013)

“As part of Marfa Dialogues/NY, David Brooks installed “three cherry pickers brimming with palms, bamboo and shrubberies seeking higher ground.”
Can Marfa Bring Its Magic to Manhattan?
–Amy Perry, T Magazine: The New York Times (Oct 15, 2013)

“[Donald] Rubin said, ‘I like to get things done at warp speed.’”
These Donors Will Take Anything But Manhattan
–Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times (Oct 8, 2013)

“Brooks excels at showcasing the relationship between the individual and the built and natural environment.”
Bridging the Gap
–Alex R. Travers, Quest Magazine (Oct 18, 2013)

“The 15 new commissions on view respond specifically to the park’s unique waterfront, urban environment.”
VIDEO: EAF13: 2013 Emerging Artist Fellowship
–Shimon Azulay, VernissageTV (Sept 8, 2013)

“Taking risks at Socrates Sculpture Park.”
–Alan Capper, The Queens Courier (Sept 22, 2013)

“Ms. Rubin said [Socrates Sculpture Park] fits into the mission she and her husband share of making it easier for a greater number of people to enjoy art.”
Long Island City Park Gets Record Gift
–Theresa Agovino, Crain’s NY Business (Sept 20, 2013)

Bear bites — and possibly arouses — naked man in Queens sculpture.
–Irving DeJohn, New York Daily News (Sept 9, 2013)

As part of “Arts in the City,” Graham Douglass interviews John Hatfield during his tour through some of Long Island City’s most exciting venues for contemporary art.
Arts in the City
–Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, CUNY TV (Sept 13, 2013)

“Sculptor Shapes Waterfront Park”
Gotham Gigs
–Theresa Agovino, Crain’s NY Business (July 18, 2013)


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