This Sculpture Meadow is for the Yonkers community. The Sculpture Meadow is a physical manifestation of the artists’ emotional response to Yonkers and the Hudson River, presented directly back to the community and surroundings that inspired it. These four artists are invested in the idea that their art be not only aesthetically pleasing but functional. Their sculptures are objects to be regarded, considered, lounged on, and played upon. The public is invited to extract manifold uses from the art that it inspired.
The four rooms are set at a distance from one another on the grassy site, a circular path connecting them all together. Each room in the park is its own individual piece by an individual artist. Like a room in one’s home, each room is unique and expressive, embodying each artist’s personal feelings about Yonkers, the Hudson, and art itself.
Barbara Segal’s pieces experiment with the placement of recognizable natural forms in the surreal context of household furniture. Ms. Segal’s tribute to her surroundings is her “Cloud Living Room,” made up of water and clouds, representative of the unpredictable beauty of the Hudson Valley’s weather. Her large “Cloud Couch,” smaller “Cloud Loveseat,” and two swirling “Cloud Coffee Tables” are draped with the fast running water of the Hudson. The pieces have the transient and kinetic look of water and air themselves. The “Cloud Living Room,” placed within the landscape that inspired it, embodies and reflects its natural shapes and essence. Upon these fanciful pieces, the wind and the trees might host a celestial riverside cocktail party.