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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.

Charles Long: Pet Sounds

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Past Exhibition

Charles Long: Pet Sounds

May 2 – September 9, 2012
Past Exhibition

Charles Long: Pet Sounds

May 2 – September 9, 2012
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Pet Sounds is an interactive, large-scale, mixed-media installation by Charles Long. Sited on the expansive Oval Lawn, Pet Sounds introduces a snaking network of vibrantly colored pipe railings creating new paths as they wind across the urban oasis. As these railings converge around a common seating area, each grows into a unique fantastic form. While the shape of each blob suggests a different set of associations, their uncanny semblances remain purposefully elusive. As viewers smooth their hands over the undulating biomorphic surfaces, they produce a variety of sounds and vibrations coming from within the sculptural forms. Long has said that his “re-occurring interest in the uncanny over many years is in full effect here in the Pet Sounds project where something as familiar and literally grounding as a handrail morphs into an unnamable blob that has a very physical presence with some power to dialogue with the viewer’s own somatic sense. As one pets the blobs, a wide range of sounds are triggered and are coming from within the bodies of the forms.” Across his decades as an artist, Long challenges and assimilates the long-held position of modernist sculpture while propelling his work into the unexpected.

Pet Sounds is an interactive, large-scale, mixed-media installation by Charles Long. Sited on the expansive Oval Lawn, Pet Sounds introduces a snaking network of vibrantly colored pipe railings creating new paths as they wind across the urban oasis. As these railings converge around a common seating area, each grows into a unique fantastic form. While the shape of each blob suggests a different set of associations, their uncanny semblances remain purposefully elusive. As viewers smooth their hands over the undulating biomorphic surfaces, they produce a variety of sounds and vibrations coming from within the sculptural forms. Long has said that his “re-occurring interest in the uncanny over many years is in full effect here in the Pet Sounds project where something as familiar and literally grounding as a handrail morphs into an unnamable blob that has a very physical presence with some power to dialogue with the viewer’s own somatic sense. As one pets the blobs, a wide range of sounds are triggered and are coming from within the bodies of the forms.” Across his decades as an artist, Long challenges and assimilates the long-held position of modernist sculpture while propelling his work into the unexpected.

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