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16 New Public Art Installations in NYC in September 2021 – Endangered Fossils in Flushing Meadows Park

Author: Irene Madrigal
Publication: Untapped New York
Published: September, 2021
Article link: Untapped Cities New York

4. Endangered Fossils in Flushing Meadows Park

Through April 10, 2022, Endangered Fossils by Judith Modrak will be on display at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Endangered Fossils features a series of sculptures meant to represent an imagined archeological excavation of New York State’s fossil record. Inspiration for the sculptures was drawn from trilobites, brachiopods and crinoids present from the Devonian period 400 million years ago — which today can be recognized for their similarities to modern crabs, clams and starfish. Each sculpture prompts its audience to consider the origins of our ecosystem.

As Modrak writes in her artist statement: “The larger concept was very much about the fossil record in light of disastrous climate change which is causing many species to tragically become extinct, fossils are even “endangered” as certain species may not leave a trace that they ever existed. Endangered Fossils is a homage to our beloved Mother Earth in a critical time requiring immediate attention.”

Artist Discusses Her Flushing Meadows Corona Park Piece

Author: QEDC IT’S IN QUEENS
Publication: It’s in Queens
Published: August 19th, 2021
Article link: It’s in Queens

Forget about the chicken and the egg. What came first between art and science?

Judith Modrak’s Endangered Fossils is on view in Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s South Rose Garden until April 10, 2022.

Part of the NYC Parks Art in the Parks program, Endangered Fossils depicts an imagined archaeological excavation of New York State’s fossil record. It ponders the ecosystem’s origin and human roles, relationships, and responsibilities to it.

The sculptures are inspired by trilobites, brachiopods, and crinoids that thrived 400 million years ago during the Devonian period. (Similar to crabs, clams, and starfish, these organisms lived in marine environments akin to modern day coral reefs.)

Want to learn more? Modrak will discuss her piece on site on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 1 pm. (The South Rose Garden is near the Unisphere.)

“I am very grateful to bring this project to life in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and struck by the many symbolic connections — from the Unisphere, to the Rose Garden, to the Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers of the 1964 World’s Fair,” the artist stated. “Equally symbiotic is that the site was formed during a glaciation period approximately 20,000 years ago as part of the Long Island terminal moraine and was much more recently an ash dump, only to be transformed into the majestic park it is today, like a phoenix rising!”

Modrak has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe. Her seven-sculpture Our Memories was on Governors Island and in Central Park and Thomas Paine Park (below). Her permanent public piece, Fluid Pathways/Caminos Fluidos, has been in Spain’s Blanca community since 2019.

This Week in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Publication: Queens Gazette
Published: August 19, 2021
Article link: Queens Gazette

New Art in the Park: Endangered Fossils by Judith Modrak
Now thru April 2022
South Rose Garden (near the Unisphere)
1pm to 2pm

Endangered Fossils, installed this month by artist Judith Modrak through NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program, represents an imagined archaeological excavation of New York State’s large fossil record. “The project ponders the origin of the ecosystem we inhabit and our role in it,” says the artist. “I am very grateful to bring this project to life in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and struck by the many symbolic connections — from the Unisphere, to the Rose Garden, to the Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers of the 1964 World’s Fair. Equally symbiotic is that the site was formed during a glaciation period approximately 20,000 years ago as part of the Long Island terminal moraine and was much more recently an ash dump, only to be transformed into the majestic park it is today, like a phoenix rising!” Meet the artist in person at her talk in the park on Saturday, August 21st at 1pm.