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Hudson River Park Shines Light on Kinetic Sculptures Made of Mirrors

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All summer long, NY1 Arts and Culture reporter Stephanie Simon is exploring great places to enjoy art outdoors. And at Hudson River Park there is a new sculpture exhibition that is definitely worth reflecting on.

Sunglasses should be off, at least for a few moments, to enjoy the full brilliance of these kinetic sculptures by artist George Sherwood. And I do mean brilliance. Sherwood has degrees in both art and engineering and has worked with LEGO and the MIT Media Lab. But for these works he hides the complex mechanics and lets the art shine.

“Well, it starts with the wind, and it ends with you. So the wind hits the water, the water moves the light and the light moves you,” said Sherwood.

One signature piece is called Memory of Water.

"The mirrors are reflecting the inside of the sculpture. And at the same time that light is being reflected back out the sculpture and sort of bathing itself in its own reflection,” said Sherwood.

It's one of six moving sculptures on view here in Hudson River Park between Horatio and Charles Streets.

The exhibit is called Waves and Particles and it's a celebration of nature.

"People just happen upon them and they stop and they just stare at them and they watch them, how they perform in the atmosphere,” said Madelyn Wils, president of Hudson River Park Trust.

Simon: Now, the thing about sculptures you can walk around it, but this is really taking it to the extreme. Tell me why you wanted to lay down under this piece.

Sherwood: It’s so you can look up through the sculpture at the sky. This sculpture is called Wave Cloud and it’s comprised of 7,000 little sails. It’s like a sailboat with 7,000 sails. And I could sit here for hours.

Hudson River Park offers a full schedule of activities from movies, concerts, and exercise classes to fishing lessons and nature walks. And count these in as live performances choreographed by Sherwood and Mother Nature. These sculptures are on view through November.

Waves and Particles, an installation of Six Kinetic Sculptures by George Sherwood presented by Cynthia-Reeves Project and Hudson River Park Trust.

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