September 28, 1986 – March 31, 1987
Opening: September 28, 1986 (1:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Artists: Vito Acconci, Bill and Mary Buchen, Rosemarie Castoro, Mark di Suvero, Melvin Edwards, Lauren Ewing, Linda Fleming, Richard Mock, Owen Morrel, Florence Neal, Paul Pappas, Scott Pfaffman, Salvatore Romano, Richard Stankiewicz, Bill Tucker
Socrates Sculpture Space is dedicated to Socrates in his search for the truth.
Socrates Sculpture Space is a realization of the artistic vision where garbaged land is transformed by art and the work of a community into a sculpture park by the people and for the people. Art leads to understanding between people of different cultures. A sculpture park offers art-delights to vision and the understanding of the human need for form. We live in spaces that condition our mind; why not look at the spaces that the sculptors imagine so that we can free our minds?
New York City has been generous to culture in allowing the Athena Foundation to lease this land. Without that possibility the imagined vision would have been a dream: we are thankful to you NYC!
This sculpture park has been built by the community and in an electrically real way it shows how art can exist as healthy creative force in a community.
Under the auspices of the Athena Foundation, the Socrates Sculpture Park has been created as a public gathering place for the exhibition of work by contemporary American sculptors. The 4.5 acre site along the East River in Long Island City, leased from the City of New York, is the only public space within the metropolitan area specifically devoted to exhibiting large-scale outdoor sculpture.