Sunday, September 9, 2012 through Sunday, March 3, 2013
Opening: Sunday, September 9, 2012, 2-6pm
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway, Long Island City (Queens), NY 11106
Cross Streets: Between Broadway and 31st Drive
Subways: N, Q to Broadway; F to 21 St-Queensbridge
Buses: Q103 to Vernon Blvd-33 Rd; Q104 to 11 St-34 Av
At the edge of Queens in Astoria, across from Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, amid the old factories and classic advertising signs, you will find Buddha, sitting on a lotus flower on the water.
Floating Echo is a giant transparent inflatable statue of Buddha. Its subtle presence embraces and reflects the surroundings, both natural and man-made. It is seemingly present and absent at the same time. What one sees is one’s own environment rather than the Buddha itself. What will you see? In this major work by Chang-Jin Lee, the form of the Buddha is rendered in clear plastic, a ubiquitous and finite everyday material for a statue that represents values of intangibility, timelessness, and renewal. Is this simply a contradiction or perhaps a metaphor for the ways in which the sacred can still exist in our contemporary lives?
Presented by Socrates Sculpture Park as part of its 2012 Emerging Artist Fellowship Program.