In this memorable footage, Dirk Van Dall combines time lapse video and interviews to capture the community-driven, Herculean initiative to create Socrates Sculpture Park in 1986.

Dirk Van Dall’s historic documentary reveals the transformation of 4.7 acres of an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite into an open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park for Long Island City, Queens. Accomplished by a coalition of artists and community members, under the visionary leadership of artist Mark di Suvero, Socrates Sculpture Park today is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of free public services.