15 Feb Indoor Park Pops Up in New York
|Photo credit: serge de garcia|
With freezing temperatures and the weekly snowstorm dropping inches upon inches of snow, what’s a bored, depressed New Yorker to do? Thanks to the Openhouse Gallery and their “Park Here” exhibition, they can go to the park and get a glimpse of spring.
Actually, it’s an indoor park and since opening in January sun-starved residents have been flocking to the Nolita space to visit the pop-up display, eager to sprawl out on the shiny green AstroTurf amongst plastic trees while “sunlight” pours out of SAD-approved light boxes and birds chirp enthusiastically from speakers above.
While the artificiality of it may sound off-putting at first, there’s also something incredibly charming and whimsical about being about to go to the park in the dead of winter. New Yorkers agree, and it’s become so popular that the exhibition was extended through February 13th, 2 weeks longer than originally intended.
As a DC resident who’s sick of the cold, this is a trend that I can get behind wholeheartedly. Hopefully the popularity of this will expand past New York and spread to DC and beyond.