Young Jee, Beloved Upper Manhattan Artist, Is Dead
INWOOD — Uptown residents are mourning the passing of a beloved artist best known for creating intricately designed works of art in Inwood Hill Park for years.
Residents throughout the neighborhood said they were saddened to hear of his passing and said they would miss his work he created deep in Inwood Hill Park, which featured natural materials such as sticks, leaves and stones to make Zen-inspired, circular artworks — or mandalas — in the parks.
"The circles have been such a part of the park, especially when you happened upon them deep in the park," said Inwood resident Marcia Guertenthal. "The park won't be the same without him."
Cristobal Vivar, Jee's neighborhood friend, said the park was a big part of their friendship and had often photographed Jee at work deep in the park.
"We shared the same feeling for Inwood Hill Park," Vivar said. "I really liked his circles, they were very magical, spiritual."
"We were both Korean, so we connected over that, but our friendship was much more," Gransjean said.