Storm King Art Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy install Mark di Suvero Sculpture

Storm King Art Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy have announced the installation at the Park of a soaring steel sculpture by preeminent American artist Mark di Suvero. Organized and implemented by Storm King, working closely with the Park and the Conservancy, the presentation of the work, titled Yoga (1991), represents the first initiative in an anticipated ongoing arts program there.

Mark di Suvero, Yoga, 1991. Photograph by Julienne Schaer, © 2011.

The roughly thirty-foot-tall composition is sited on the Bridge View Lawn at the Park’s Pier 1, overlooking the East River. It comprises an I-beam—bent into a U-shape—that rocks and pivots on a stainless-steel pole, itself topped by an O-shaped element. The sculpture creates changing shadows and perspectives as the I-beam variously “points” to the harbor, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Governors Island, and beyond, while the “O” may remind viewers of a ship’s portal or a magnifying glass.

Installation of Yoga was made possible by the leadership support of Jennifer and Malcolm Nolen, with additional funding provided by other generous donors.

Nancy Webster, Executive Director of The Brooklyn Park Conservancy, states, “Mark di Suvero’s Yoga, with its monumental scale and playful movement, is a tremendous addition to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Conservancy thanks Jennifer Nolen, whose vision and energy brought the Conservancy and the Park together with Storm King to launch this exciting first step in a vibrant public arts program for Brooklyn Bridge Park.”

Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park, says, “Mark di Suvero, an extraordinary artist, is also a true pioneer and visionary of the New York City waterfront, and his work resonates deeply at the River’s edge. It is a great honor to have Yoga grace the Bridge View Lawn at Pier 1 with its elegant lines and majestic presence. We are deeply grateful to Storm King and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for making this installation possible, and know that thousands of visitors will enjoy this sculpture in the months to come.”

Storm King Art Center President John P. Stern adds, “Storm King is delighted to be collaborating with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to realize the first major installation of an artwork at the Park, which is one of New York City’s great new public spaces. Mark di Suvero has long been closely identified with Storm King, where a magnificent group of his sculptures can be seen in the ‘di Suvero fields.’ We are particularly pleased to help bring this wonderful work of his to Brooklyn.”

The installation, which will remain on view for one year, will be accompanied by a series of public programs. Brooklyn Bridge Park is free and open to the public.

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