ENDANGERED FOSSILS

Endangered Fossils, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, represent an imagined archaeological excavation of New York State’s large fossil record. The sculptures are inspired by the trilobites, brachiopods and crinoids who flourished during the Devonian period, 400 million years ago. These crab, clam and starfish like organisms lived in marine environments very similar to the coral reefs of today. The project ponders the origins of the ecosystem we inhabit and our role, relationship and responsibility to that environment in light of cataclysmic climate change and pandemics. Fossils are even “endangered” as certain species may not leave a trace that they ever existed. The Endangered Fossils project is an homage to our beloved Mother Earth in a critical time requiring immediate attention.

Fósiles en peligro de extinción representa una excavación arqueológica figurada del gran registro fósil del estado de Nueva York. Las esculturas están inspiradas en los trilobites, braquiópodos y crinoideos que florecieron durante el período Devónico, hace 400 millones de años. Estos organismos similares al cangrejo, la almeja y la estrella de mar vivían en ambientes marinos muy similares a los arrecifes de coral de hoy en día. El proyecto reflexiona sobre el origen del ecosistema que habitamos y nuestro papel, relación y responsabilidad con ese medio ambiente a la luz del catastrófico cambio climático y las pandemias mundiales.

Special thanks to the NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program, and to the generosity of private donors in making the Flushing Meadows Corona Park installation possible. The larger Endangered Fossils project, including the Bowling Green Park installation, is also made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.

Related press for Endangered Fossils: Untapped Cities, The Queens Gazette, QEDC IT’S IN QUEENS, The Queens Chronicle and The Queens World Film Festival as part of “The Listening Tour”.