Fort Green Park Circadia is 24’ in circumference and is made from Concrete, phosphorescent glow aggregate, and wood. It is partially hollow.
Circadia is an interactive Public Art Sculpture and functional seating system commissioned by NYC Parks. Circadia resided at the entrance of Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, NY and was part of the UNIQLO Parks Expressions Grant. This Grant allowed emerging artists who tackle social and political issues within their practice to find solution-based outcomes through the creation of public art and public programming. Circadia’s scheduled programming held talks, performances, and health programming. It also provided a new social space to bring together residents and park goers. Circadia was built on the ideology that public parks are a safe ground for the commons, and must also have equal opportunity for shared space.
Circadia is inspired by natural circadian rhythms, the park’s rolling hills, a simple regenerative garden snake, and the remanence of a foundation of a building that decided to become something else. Circadia creates a new mobile foundation that rises out of a sea of one hundred year old bricks. Circadia coming alive, reminding us that we don’t have to endure outdated systems for all eternity. Circadia gives us the feeling that even concrete can find new life. While history tells the story of how we arrived at the present day, it does not have to define us in the moment or repeat itself in the future. REST.
Circadia moves through the spatial awareness and the expansiveness of time, each naturally glowing phosphorescent indent in the trough of Circadian Rhythms gathers light and then is activated by the darkness. The functional aspect of Circadia is an inclusive way to share space under a canopy of trees, removing the chaos of Urban life bringing us back to the breath. In this cyclical form, there are no corners to hide we can face each other and just be.