I make no secret of my fascination with Coney Island, and I think of it as a magical place. I even thought of it as a magical place during the 1980's when it was a decaying shell of itself. Somehow this threadbare relic of the past seemed to speak to me of childhood and the loss of innocence. In my interpretations of Coney Island then and now, I paint it with an other-worldly palette, my attempt to breathe life into this magical place and to make it magic again. Some of that is also to rekindle the viewer's childhood sense of wonder. The concept of my piece is also contained in the title, "Wonder," which comes from the neon sign that has been there for decades. My piece is filled with fantastic creatures, water balloon race clowns, over-sized ice cream cones, and, of course, the beach with Brooklyn's Eiffel Tower- the Parachute Jump. The colors will be vibrant, if not vibrating. There is a sense that this is a city landscape, with shadows of apartment buildings in the background. The large neon letters spelling "WONDER" take center stage on the piano. I envision this piano being a fun, lively, and in some ways nostalgic piece that recalls summer carnivals and breezy days on the beach. It will appeal to children and adults alike for different reasons. It will be hard not to look at because of its vibrancy and fun theme.

2017

Wonder

About the Artist

  • Christopher Spinelli

    Christopher Spinelli

  • Public Location

    Coney Island (June 5 - 25, 2017)

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