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Kid-Friendly Art Exhibit Opens on Randall's Island

By Lindsay Armstrong | May 17, 2014 9:00am | Updated on May 19, 2014 8:43am

UPPER EAST SIDE — Chairs sculpted from grass and a “ghost” house made of chain-link fencing are two of the installations that will be featured at the fourth-annual Flow exhibit on Randall’s Island opening this weekend.

Flow.14 will open on May 18 and run through November 2014. The kid-friendly exhibit, which is meant to bring attention to the island’s shoreline, will feature works by four artists from The Bronx Museum of the Arts' emerging artists program.

“We are so excited to collaborate once again with The Bronx Museum of the Arts to encourage the appreciation of art and the environment by visitors of all ages, and in the midst of one of the world’s greatest cities,” Aimee Boden, president of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, said in a statement.

The four installations are meant to be sat on, played in, and climbed over, according to the artists.

Jessica Sanders' work “Ground” consists of 10 chairs made of Kentucky blue grass that are arranged in different formations along the shoreline.

“The variety of
 forms offer places for contemplation, play and community: a solitary quiet seat; a pair of low
and intimate conversational chairs; long chairs
 to lounge upon; and stump stools in a line by the coast,” the artist’s statement said.

Kant Smith designed a house made of chain-link fencing that is big enough to host a ball game or a performance.

“Visually 'Ghost House' functions as a gigantic drawing of a house in three dimensions, demarcating a space to be used as visitors wish,” the artist’s statement said.

Randall’s Island is home to 4.5 miles of waterfront pathways and 9 acres of restored marsh and wetlands. From the island, visitors can also view the shorelines of Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx.

Sunday’s opening celebration will include discussions with the artists, as well as a music and dance performance by the children who participate in the Alliance’s musical arts program.