NYC Parks Arsenal Gallery Exhibit: Honoring the Olmsted Legacy

March 28, 2022 /

 

 

 

Image: Concrete Plant Park, Bronx, 2009, NYC Parks / Jim Mituzas

March 25, 2022 – June 2, 2022
Parks Now: Honoring the Olmsted Legacy

See Frederick Law Olmsted’s lasting influence on park innovation in New York City with “Parks Now: Honoring the Olmsted Legacy,” on view at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The commemorative exhibition looks at recent NYC Parks projects that incorporate various Olmsted design principles, including site responsiveness, respect for nature, and the orchestration of movement. With renderings, site plans, and photos, the show highlights 10 parks throughout the city:

  • Bronx: Hugh Grant Circle/Virginia Park and Concrete Plant Park
  • Brooklyn: Lincoln Terrace Playground and Sunset Park Playground
  • Manhattan: Monsignor Kett Playground and Central Park’s Harlem Meer Center (formerly Lasker Rink and Pool)
  • Queens: Elmhurst Park and Bayswater Park
  • Staten Island: Faber Park and Richmond Terrace

April 26, 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), a pioneer landscape architect famous for his work co-designing Central Park, Prospect Park, and other well-known urban green spaces. From the democratization of public parks to the contouring of landscape and terrain to create a variety of visual experience, Olmsted was a seminal force in the design of our parks and how they are used.

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