‘Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber’ Proposed for First Park

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 at 6:03 am by

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Photo: Community Board 3

This “black rock” will absorb all the negative energy on the Lower East Side (and there’s a lot of it these days). That’s the goal, anyway.

Artist Rudy Shepherd is on the Community Board 3 docket to pitch his proposal to sculpt a “Black Rock Energy Absorber” for First Park. First Street Green, the organization in charge of “cultural programming” for the sliver park, is sponsoring the art project. The sculpture – composed of wood, metal lathe, and colored concrete – is “political art” that aims to “expunge negative energy” from viewers and facilitate open-mindedness.

In Shepherd’s own words:

The Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers are a group of sculptures with a magical function: to expunge negative energy from viewers – in the form of prejudice, racism, or even quotidian disdain – and allow them to respond to lifewith the more open, compassionate, and positive aspects of their personalities. The series is on the onehand a response to living in New York City for the last twelve years and witnessing the madness that takes place in this American microcosm. At the same time, it is also an approach to political art that seeks to push the dialogue started in the late 80’s/early 90’s forward into 2013 by looking at the problems of society in a more comprehensive way and advancing practices culled from new age mythology and ancient religions to heal our still divided and troubled country.

The sculpture, if approved, will be ten feet tall and anchored directly into the ground.

News of the Black Rock Sculpture arrives on the heels of a separate proposal to install a Water Bench irrigation system in First Park.

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