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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns, which includes closing the lawns each year from October through May for reseeding. With the heightened need for public space, the Conservancy has kept the lawns open throughout the pandemic. For the month of April, all lawns will be closed to reestablish the grass in time for summer.

Arlene Shechet: Full Steam Ahead

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Past Exhibition

Arlene Shechet: Full Steam Ahead

September 25, 2018 – 28, 2019
Past Exhibition

Arlene Shechet: Full Steam Ahead

September 25, 2018 – 28, 2019
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Arlene Shechet’s first major public art project, Full Steam Ahead, features a series of new sculptures in porcelain, wood, steel, and cast iron installed in and around the park’s emptied circular reflecting pool. Her work straddles function and art by including seating for conversation, inspired by memories of the sunken living room in her grandparents’ New York City apartment. 

Along the pathways and perimeter of the reflecting pool, human-scale sculpture interacts with traversing visitors and reflects the artist’s interest in flora and fauna: outsized remnants of a lion’s head and paw, remains of a bird’s colossal feather displayed high on a pedestal as an ominous trophy, and tree-like sculptures and branches in cast iron. Shechet has described the project as “a manufactured version of nature.”

Shechet is best known for her work in ceramic and porcelain, materials considered fragile and precious. In Full Steam Ahead, she brings the material to a new level of scale and form, confirming her role as a risk taker who advances sculpture to the edge and into humor. The project’s title takes inspiration from the 1881 monument to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut who mythically commanded: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” during the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay.

Arlene Shechet’s first major public art project, Full Steam Ahead, features a series of new sculptures in porcelain, wood, steel, and cast iron installed in and around the park’s emptied circular reflecting pool. Her work straddles function and art by including seating for conversation, inspired by memories of the sunken living room in her grandparents’ New York City apartment. 

Along the pathways and perimeter of the reflecting pool, human-scale sculpture interacts with traversing visitors and reflects the artist’s interest in flora and fauna: outsized remnants of a lion’s head and paw, remains of a bird’s colossal feather displayed high on a pedestal as an ominous trophy, and tree-like sculptures and branches in cast iron. Shechet has described the project as “a manufactured version of nature.”

Shechet is best known for her work in ceramic and porcelain, materials considered fragile and precious. In Full Steam Ahead, she brings the material to a new level of scale and form, confirming her role as a risk taker who advances sculpture to the edge and into humor. The project’s title takes inspiration from the 1881 monument to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut who mythically commanded: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” during the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay.

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