Reflections

  • 2021

Artist Statement

Created for Little Island at Pier 55, my Sing for Hope Piano entitled “Reflections” celebrates the opening of the brand new pier on Manhattan's southwest riverside that doubles as a public park and a world-class outdoor performance space. Little Island's 132 bell-shaped concrete pods inspired the piece, each pod with a unique form and tessellation fused to create undulating topography floating above the water. Overlapping pentagons and hexagons take on different colors found on the Island, including sky, water, concrete pods, corten steel railings and planters, pavements, and landscape. Pockets of colors vary in scale and fuse to capture the Island's reflection onto the water's surface along with the light and shadow of the water ripples onto the underside of the structure. Just as the old wooden structural piles that blanket Hudson River became the inspiration for Little Island, Reflections is ultimately an homage to New York City, its people, and its history. Nestled within intimate pockets of performance spaces on the Island, the piano not only overlooks water but, more importantly, faces and celebrates the cityscape. Especially after a strange year filled with grief and isolation for many New Yorkers, Reflections is a vehicle for the collective celebration of shared objects, spaces, and experiences. It honors human fragility and strength. And its scattered reflective fragments feature bits and pieces of the excellent company surrounding us – our city and fellow citizens.

About the Artist

Jieun Yang
I have a diverse educational and professional background which began with a B.A. in Leadership Studies. After graduation, I served a year in AmeriCorps working with middle school students in Newark, NJ. I then focused my work in the nonprofit sector for several years with organizations like Girls Inc, The Urban League, and The Children’s Defense Fund. I held a variety of roles from Program Coordinator to Designer where I learned to design systems, develop program strategy, build community, and communicate messages clearly. These unique experiences have inspired my multifaceted perspective on how design can be used to create better outcomes.

Public Location

Little Island (July 1 - August 31, 2021)

Permanent Home

This Sing for Hope Piano will be delivered to a public school, healthcare facility, or community center to inspire lives for years to come.

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