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

"Endangered Fossils" outdoor sculpture at Flushing Meadows Park.

Through May 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.”