Firstly, enjoy the sun that has been shinning: go outside and see the art installations around the city. A good one is Pet Sounds, from the California-based artist Charles Long in Madison Square. The installation resembles something from outer space, the colorful shapes, Long calls them blobs, covers the seating area of the Oval Lawn and can be associated with many different things and if you touch their surface they respond to it, making a variety of sounds and vibrations.
“As one pets the blobs, a wide range of sounds are triggered and are coming from within the bodies of the forms.”
“I wanted the work to be as visually affecting to park visitors as it is a physical and aural experience for them.”
“I like the idea of Pet Sounds becoming a part of the collective memory, and even dreams, of the unique experiences of New York City.”
– Charles Long
To take a break from the sun, go inside the New York Public Library to enjoy Lunch Hour NYC. But, first, make sure to get a bite to eat, because this exhibition is bound to make salivate. Walk around the sections of street foods, home lunches, and be delighted with the carts and storefronts that offer pretzels, hot dogs and pizza. Learn about the transformation other cuisines had in New York City to adapt to what New Yorkers wanted and liked, and the history of the very important, but many times neglected meal that is lunch.
On Sunday, go back to the sun and take a field trip to Randall Island and enjoy Flow.12, a two-part art exhibition along the shoreline of Randall’s Island Park made possible by The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (formerly the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation), The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Made Event. Five alumni from the Bronx Museum of Arts show their interactive installations, each one with different meanings and different perspectives on art, all reflecting and encouraging interaction with the Park’s history and environment. It is a good reason to visit the small island.