Neighborhood Events: Artist Charles Long at Madison Square Park

More art in the park is coming soon, just down the street from Citizen!  California artist Charles Long is bringing his colorful creation to Madison Square Park’s Oval Lawn on May 2nd.  Pet Sounds, an interactive mixed-media installation, will be the second in the series of Mad. Sq. Art’s 2012 season.  Mad. Sq. Art is a free, public art program by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, which offers four exhibits of newly commissioned work from all types of artists throughout the year.   Pet Sounds consists of brightly colored pipe railings, connected to create paths and ultimately converge around a common seating area. The railings then grow into blobs of different shapes and sizes. The blobs are meant to be touched, “petted,” eliciting a variety of sounds and vibrations – which is why the name Pet Sounds so appropriately fits the exhibit.

Charles Long has an interest in the uncanny, and used this as inspiration for Pet Sounds. He has taken something that is familiar and generic, such as a rail, and molded it into a physical and visual experience. Mr. Long believes that Madison Square Park’s curving pathways can highlight Pet Sounds, sparking the interest of those spending their mornings and afternoons within the park.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, we can’t wait to walk those pathways and take in some free art!

Madison Square Park
Between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
23rd and 26th Streets

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