Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures

View the List of Public Sculptures and Map


Flushing Meadows Corona Park/Queens Museum

May 14 - November 15, 2014

Media: 100 signs for NYC public sculptures; distance drawn from GPS coordinates between each sculpture and wooden posts at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Post size: 99” x 39” x 39” (each of 6 posts)

Please consider a tax-free donation for the next citywide version of Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures through NYFA's Artspire.

Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures is a site-specific project that invites the public to embark on guided journeys through NYC to find public sculptures. Phunsombatlert researched all existing public sculptures in New York City and identified 100 sites to be incorporated in his final work. He then created small drawings of each sculpture and developed directional signs and maps that resemble standard U.S. National Park Service signage. The artwork is made up of signage for 100 public sculptures that contain distances drawn from GPS coordinates between each sculpture and the group of wooden posts outside of the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The audience experiences their own journey to each original sculpture. However, whether visitors view the original sculptures or their drawn representational counterparts, this project calls attention to the very specific, transformative space between object and audience. The exhibition questions how the audience’s journey from the sign to original artwork can be a work of art in itself. Visitors are invited to see the online map at www.wayfindingNYC.com. Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures is an exciting and rare instance where NYC Parks’ temporary public art program will merge with and inform the permanent sculptures in New York City’s collection.

Related Programming:

Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures Installation Tour with the Artist
Open Engagement, Queens Museum, May 17 and 18, 2014, 1-2 pm
Meet at the sculptures in front of the Queens Museum

Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures Installation Tour
Architectural historian John Kriskiewicz will offer a walk through the Public Sculptures in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 8, 2014, 4-6 pm, Meet at the Queens Museum’s cafe



Downloadable Postcard as PDF

Mapping by: Jan Mun

Special Thanks: The project is made possible by the generosity of the Athena Foundation, Awesome Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Location One, New York Foundation for the Arts' Opportunity Grants, Puffin Foundation, Ltd., Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., Socrates Sculpture Park, Mark di Suvero, Anne Dunning, Rob Herschenfeld, James T. MacGregor & Claire Montgomery, Ivana Mestrovic, and Jan Mun.

NYC Parks & Recreation’s Art in the Parks program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in New York City parks. For more information visit http://www.nyc.gov/parks/art. To learn more about Parks's collection of outdoor monuments and sculptures visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/art-and-antiquities/permanent-art-and-monuments.

The Queens Museum is a local international art space in Flushing Meadows Corona Park with contemporary art, events, and educational programs reflecting the diversity of Queens and New York City. The Museum presents the work of emerging and established artists, changing exhibitions that speak to contemporary urban issues, and projects that focus on the rich history of its site. In November 2013, the Museum opened its new space, a 105,000 sq. ft. venue with a soaring sky-lit atrium, suite of day-lit galleries, and improved flexible event space. To learn more about the museum visit http://www.queensmuseum.org