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    Chang-Jin Lee is a Korean-born visual artist based in NYC. Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art (NY), the World Financial Center Winter Garden (NY), the Asian American Arts Centre (NY), the Bronx River Art Center (NY), Franconia Sculpture Park (MN), Spaces Gallery (OH), the Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale (Korea), Bo Pi Liao (Taiwan), and 1a Space (Hong Kong). Awards include grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, Asian Women Giving Circle, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; as well as fellowships from the Asian Cultural Council and the Jerome Foundation at Franconia Sculpture Park.


    Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks, and the public. The Park's existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity, and improvement of our urban environment.

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Floating Echo

Sunday, September 9, 2012 through Sunday, March 3, 2013
Opening: Sunday, September 9, 2012, 2-6pm

Hours: 10am-sunset

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

(718) 956-1819

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.