I spent the day with my mom on my birthday (which was last month but I just remembered to blog about it. I did the same thing last year. I'm losing my mind). Anyway. After a most delicious lunch on the patio at Il Bambino (and two very large glasses of Chianti), we walked to one of my favorite places in Astoria/LIC: Socrates Sculpture Park. The current exhibition, Vista, is described as:
Vista will explore the ways that methods of viewing and observation determine the assessment and evaluation of an object or scene. The works in the exhibition will employ visual alignment, perspective, and the framing of a site-line or point of view to dictate perception. The show will re-examine themes and ideas that were initially laid out in the Park's 2002 show View and is being curated in response to a reemergence of these topics in current artmaking practices. The Park's location along the East River provides a spectacular view of Manhattan that is the backdrop for all the exhibitions presented at the Park. This show will take particular stock in the Park's location and the outlook that it affords of urban greenspace, iconic cityscape, river and open sky.
So I photographed my view through one of the installations. Neat, right? If you've never been to Socrates, I highly recommend it. The view of Manhattan and the East River are incredible, and the exhibits are thought-provoking and contemplative.