Endangered Fossils II, is currently on view at West Creek Park in Santa Clarita, CA, as part of the City Public Art collection (2022-2025). Endangered Fossils traveled to Santa Clarita after a year long installation in Flushing Meadows Corona Park as part of the NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program. Endangered Fossils represent an imagined archaeological excavation and the discovery of a new organism. The work is 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 sculpture pays homage to our beloved Mother Earth at a critical time requiring everyone’s involvement. The artwork seeks to engage the public in considering the origins of our ecosystem and our symbiotic role and responsibility to that environment.

Fósiles en peligro de extinción representa una excavación arqueológica figurada del gran registro fósil. 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 City of Santa Clarita Public Art Program, and to the NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program, and to the generosity of private donors in making both of these installations possible.

The larger Endangered Fossils project, including the Bowling Green Park installation, was 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”.