Monumental works by Carole Eisner

16 May 2016 — 16 May 2017 Prospect Park in New York, United States

12 DECEMBER 2016
Carole Eisner, Valentine II, 2005. Courtesy of Susan Eley Fine Art
Carole Eisner, Valentine II, 2005. Courtesy of Susan Eley Fine Art

The Prospect Park Alliance, NYC Parks and New York gallery Susan Eley Fine Art are pleased to announce the upcoming public exhibition of sculpture by New York artist Carole Eisner in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The exhibition of four monumental works will premiere on May 15, 2016, and will remain on view for one year.

For more than 45 years Eisner has been welding massive abstract sculptures from scrap and recycled metal. The four works that will be on view in Prospect Park are from a series Eisner created in the past 10 years from I-beams, rolled and twisted to create lyrical, elegant forms.

The sculptures will be placed in four key sites throughout the Park, chosen to maximize visitor access. The grassy triangle entrance facing Grand Army Plaza will be home to “Dancer” a 17-foot tall sculpture which spirals and soars upwards; “Zerques,” one of the smaller sculptures standing six and half feet tall will be placed on the lawn in front of the historic Litchfield Villa on 5th Street; “Skipper,” rising 13 feet, and also constructed with curved I-beams will greet visitors entering the Park from Bartel-Pritchard Square; and “Valentine II,” named for its elegant heart shaped form, will be placed on the Peninsula in front of the Lake.

“The Prospect Park Alliance has a long history of partnering with NYC Parks to present public art, because of the important role art plays in engaging communities and enhancing the Park, which is the heart of our mission”, said Sue Donoghue, President of the Prospect Park Alliance. “The landscapes selected for this exhibition are ideally suited to the elegance and fluidity of Carole Eisner’s work, and we look forward to debuting them in the Park." This is Eisner’s third public art exhibition with the NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program. In 2009 Eisner presented nine sculptures along the medians of Broadway, organized by the Parks Department and the Broadway Mall Association; and in 2012, “Hosea” was installed at the Tramway Plaza on 59th and Second Avenue.

“Parks is so pleased to partner with the Prospect Park Alliance and the Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery on this exciting new public art exhibition in Prospect Park,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “As a Brooklyn resident, I look forward to seeing Carole Eisner’s work displayed at the different locations around this beautiful park. Her sculptures are magnificent and eye-catching, and are sure to grab the attention of Prospect Park’s countless visitors. Art in the parks has a great impact on people of all ages, is integral to the park experience, and nourishes the soul.”

Because of their scale and size, Eisner’s works are considered ideal for public exhibition, and have been exhibited in dozens of public parks, corporate plazas, cultural centers, museums and waterfronts all along the northeast corridor in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Florida. Her work is also found in private, public and corporate collections, including the Guggenheim. She has been written up in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Who’s Who in American Art, Vogue and New York Newsday. Eisner is also a recipient of the coveted Mademoiselle Magazine award for a young fashion designer in 1961 at the age of 24.