“The Dance” is a temporary public art sculpture installed in September 2014 at Tappan Park, in Stapleton, Staten Island. Five interconnected dancing figures create an informal pavilion that can be utilized for public performances by members of the community. The figures are built out of a welded steel armature that is covered in a translucent exterior grade fabric. At night the sculpture is illuminated in colored lights by LED mounted on the steel framework. The figures are bolted together and strapped to the steel framework via a network of steel cables. “The Dance” symbolizes the coming together of our community here after Hurricane Sandy. The dancing figures flow in a circular form, but are tethered inside a box, capturing a memory of a joyous moment in time. The figures are holding hands- a symbol of unity and strength in times of crisis and in times of joy.
On view for a year, “The Dance” is part of the NYC Parks Department’s Art in the Parks, public art program.