Opening Celebration
May 20, 2023 | 12 – 5pm

Celebrate the opening day of Mary Mattingly: Ebb of a Spring Tide with music, workshops, and seasonal and local culinary offerings at the Park. The event is free, no reservations are required. Rain or shine!

Music by
DJ Vinyl Richie – jazz, hip-hop, r&b, avante garde


12 – 2pm: Ice Jewelry with Betsy Bamford

Make your own wearable ice jewelry! Learn about the possibilities of net zero art-making and sustainable materials.

2pm & 3pm: Papermaking with mushrooms with Roberta Trentin

Mushrooms are an excellent alternative source for paper making. The workshop will start with a brief introduction to mushroom paper making and how it differs from cellulose-based paper. We will then learn different paper-making techniques and assemblages and dive into making postcard-size sheets. All materials included. RSVP required HERE.


For Love and Lemon Cookies – Naturally colorful, Free of Gluten, Dairy, & Gum Cookies, from Astoria, NY

Gladys Bienvenida Restaurante – fresh tacos, veggie & Oaxacan cheese quesadillas

KAU KAU – Made in Hawaii, Roasted in Queens. Coffee, Hibiscus soda, Hawaiian-inspired treats & more

Culinary activation by Dan Pravit Fethke

Taste of Surabaya – Indonesian Surabaya style food, from NY Indonesian Food Bazaar in Elmhurst, NY

About the Exhibition

Ebb of a Spring Tide is an exhibition of new sculptural works by Mary Mattingly exploring our relationship to coastal ecosystems and the shifting nature of rivers and water lines. The exhibition is on view Saturday, May 20 – September 10, 2023.

Ebb of a Spring Tide features a 65-foot living sculpture titled Water Clock that is fabricated on-site in response to the Park’s unique waterfront location along the East River. This monumental, scaffold structure, which includes edible vegetation, mirrors the cityscape across the East River, highlighting the human impact on New York City’s riparian zone. The clock’s pulse will be kept by water from the East River moving through tubes on the structure, a reminder of a life support system and the delicate balance of coastal ecosystems.

Image: Hayley Dixon