Rain Bird, 2017Polystyrene, scrap aluminum and cans, vinyl, rocks, shell, and water spout48 × 68 × 70 inches
Images by Scott Lynch and Sara Morgan.

This portrait of the Park’s resident horticulturist, Yousif Dawud, evolved from the artist shadowing Socrates’ grounds crew during the artist’s summer residency. Composed of materials found on site, polystyrene washed up from the East River, and an aluminum mask cast from scrap metal, Rain Bird reflects Socrates’ homegrown spirit, restorative origins, and dynamic evolving character.

As part of his project, Wang created a companion film titled River Between Sun and Moon.

Artist Profile

Learn more about Wang Xu in his Artist Profile



Oct 1, 2017 – Mar 25, 2018 THE SOCRATES ANNUAL