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Madison Square Park Conservancy, application for Mad. Sq. Art 2008 temporary installations for Madison Square Park from March through November 2008

WHEREAS, The Madison Square Park Conservancy has requested approval of Mad.  Sq.  Art 2008, a series of four temporary art installations for Madison Square Park from March through November 2008; and

WHEREAS, Internet art by Russian artist Olia Lialina, specifically four newspaper works based on local newspapers, will be displayed on computer screens on bases which are already in place near the Shake Shack, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily from March 20 through April 27, 2008; and

WHEREAS, British artist Richard Deacon will exhibit seven new mid-size ceramic pieces around the park and five new geometric works on the Oval Lawn from May 15 through August 2008; and

WHEREAS, Japanese installation artist Tadashi Kawamata will install ten to fifteen of his signature wooden tree houses high in trees within the park from September through October 2008; and

WHEREAS, The trees will be protected by rubber material so that Mr. Kawamata's tree houses will not come in contact with the trees, an arborist will be on-site for installation and de-installation, and the applicant has represented that the City of New York  Parks and Recreation Department has approved their installation method as safe for the trees; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Kawamata's tree houses contain no interior space and will be installed high enough in the trees so that they are not accessible from the ground; and

WHEREAS, Mexican-Canadian electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will locate approximately 200 SXK10K robotic searchlights around on posts approximately every fifteen feet inside the fence around the Oval Lawn during November 2008; and

WHEREAS, MR. Lozano-Hemmer's lights will be turned on from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. nightly, will be directed into the center of the Oval Lawn and will pulse at different rates depending on viewers' heart rates captured through hand-held receptors at each end of the installation;  and

WHEREAS, There will be no admission charged for any of the installations; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of Madison Square Park Conservancy's application for the Madison Square Art 2008 series of temporary installations in Madison Square Park from March through November 2008.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 26 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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