My summer partnership with Perrier Sparkling Mineral Water lead me to the seventh annual edition of FLOW, a public art exhibition hosted by the Randall’s Island Park Alliance.
For my wanderlust adventure I brought along my favorite Perrier Flavor in Strawberry. The perfect on the go refreshment to stay cool and hydrated during the warm days of summer.
Summertime in New York City is ideal for fun out in the sun, adventures, exploration and discovery. This is the time of the year where we can exercise mindfulness in natural environments whom are many time equipped with a side of public art. During the summer an endless display of art can be spotted all throughout the city as if the artworks themselves were also eager with the idea of being outside when the temperature is nice. This magical display of creativity makes this wonderful city feel at time like a cosmopolitan setting inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
And just like Alice, I felt as if I had gone down the rabbit hole when I reached my destination. A whimsical spectacle of mirrored panels that looked like a set from the movie. The structures are meant to resemble Northern Renaissance altarpieces, depicting Biblical characters as a way to represent the challenges facing kingdoms. Rose DeSiano’s Island of Empirical Data and Other Fabrications uses data that includes historical facts, photo archives, and government records as a way to “explore the complexity and reflexivity of culturally-constructed histories.”
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance is a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with local communities to provide an “innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events and environmental exploration.”
I recalled summer Sundays were always spent on the Island during my teenage years. After a short hiatus I later began attending on my own for music festivals and art fairs. On this recent visit I began to notice the true natural beauty the island possesses; in the calm and quiet areas by the water I neglected to stop and admirer, the abundance of greenery and well manicured lawns, and the cool air and shades ideal for a siesta or meditation. Today I see this island as a refuge from when you need to step away from the loudness and fast-paced state of the city.
I hope my adventures inspired you to get out and explore the natural areas near you before the summer is over. Check out AKACORLEONE to see how the Perrier Flavors inspired him to create an Art fun house.
While you’re there make sure to sign up via the upper right corner of the landing page for a chance to win Perrier for a year!
Photography: Tatiana Katkova
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