Artist Statement: A new member from the aquatic world will join Izabel’s family – OPUS THE OCTOPUS, STELLA THE SEASTAR AND GREGORY THE GRAY WHALE… PAGANINI THE EMPEROR PENGUIN ventured from the Antartica to New York City to parade in this year’s SFH Pianos program. I am inspired by these magnificent animals of their tenacity in facing harshest environments together as a group – together they can endure all odds and thrive. It’s a lesson to be learnt by all. Penguins employ physiological adaptations and cooperative behaviors in order to deal with an incredibly harsh environment, where wind chills can reach -76°F (-60°C). They huddle together to escape wind and conserve warmth. Individuals take turns moving to the group’s protected and relatively toasty interior. Once a penguin has warmed a bit it will move to the perimeter of the group so that others can enjoy protection from the icy elements. Their determination is to be admired!
  • 2017

Paganini the Emperor Penguin


Izabel Lam

Public Location

Carl Schurz Park (June 5 - 25, 2017)

Permanent Home

Brownsville Collaborative Middle School (Delivered Fall 2017)

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