The translucent almost intangible body of this inflatable plastic Buddha floats serenely in the East River, inviting a moment of contemplation for passing Park visitors. The mass of the Buddha, ten-feet high in its seated position, is clear and light, offering gentle reflections of the sky and river area, while also composing sightlines of the City behind it. Despite the ever-grinding urban background, the Buddha’s kitsch balloon body bobs peacefully with equanimity and detachment.

This artwork is part of the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival, which took place across New York City from September 12 to 23, 2012.