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30-Foot 'Living Pyramid' of Flowers to Rise from Queens Waterfront

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A rendering of "The Living Pyramid" which will be installed this spring at Socrates Sculpture Park.
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Socrates Sculpture Park

LONG ISLAND CITY — It's Giza on the East River.

New Yorkers can help create a 30-foot-tall flower pyramid by planting tens of thousands of seeds in a Queens waterfront park this spring, staff there said.

The pyramid, created by artist Agnes Denes, will be made of plants and wildflowers growing from a mound of soil in Socrates Sculpture Park and will be on display through the end of summer, organizers said.

The work, "The Living Pyramid," is Denes' first major public piece in the city since 1982, when she planted a two-acre wheat field in lower Manhattan's Battery Park, according to Socrates.

"What [pyramids] all convey is the human drama, our hopes and dreams against great odds," Denes said in a press release about her project.

"Transformed into blossoms, the pyramid renews itself as evolution does to our species," she added.

Denes' floral installation will start going up in April, and volunteers will be invited to the park on May 17 to plant seeds in the piece which will later bloom into flowers and grasses, organizers said.

Organizers anticipate the seeds to bloom by June. They'll stay on display at the park until Aug. 30.