Sculptures: “Beyond the Edge”

hammond-sculpture-enhancedHamptons-based artist Phyllis Hammond has created five new sculptures for Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, entitled Tempo, Alien, Flying, Gateway, and Sign of Freedom. Exhibited together under the title Beyond the Edge, the steel and aluminum sculptures feature narrow stem-like bases topped by whimsical, kinetic elements that rotate in the wind. Hammond uses an improvisational method to create her colorful, large-scale sculptures. The metal cutouts are based on playful, looping doodles on paper that she scans and modifies using a computer program. Once the drawings have been refined digitally, the designs are cut from sheets of metal using a water jet machine. After the metal shapes are hammered, bent and welded into curved shapes, they are powder-coated with brightly colored paint.

Annual Members Meeting, Friday, 11/18 at 6 PM, Vanderbilt Y

Members vote for officers and directors of Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. A financial review is presented, followed by committee reports. Light refreshments served. Find out what goes on behind the scenes and how you can participate as a volunteer; join a committee. Help make our neighborhood’s central greenspace even better!

WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2016, 6 PM

WHERE: Vanderbilt YMCA, 224 East 47th Street, Ground Floor

 

CHANGE NOTICE: Oktoberfest, now on SUNDAY, Oct. 23, 1-4 PM, Family Fun

Hundreds of pumpkins to decorate, fun bouncy castle, face-painiting, balloon critters and more. Take family photos among the hay bales and mums on the Plaza. Enjoy brew, bratwurst and wieners for sale at Dag’s Patio cafe with live oompah music in the “beer garden”. Due to rain forecast, the event date was moved to rain-date and will now take place on Sunday, same time.

Saint Teresa Graces Peace Park

saint-teresaPeople are flocking to visit the statue of Saint  Teresa on view in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza as the UN General Assembly convenes its 71st Session on Sept. 13. The statue was first unveiled  in Battery Park where crowds turned out on Sept. 4  to celebrate the canonization by Pope Francis of the world-famous “Mother Teresa of Calcutta” with a simulcast of the canonization mass. The statue was blessed by Bishop Gerald Waslh, vicar general of the Archdiocese of New York.

At the UN, an exhibition culminating in a  conference on Sept. 9 celebrated her works.

Saint Teresa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, is probably the most famous Albanian in the world, and the occasion brought out  New York’s  Albanian community in full force. Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, a Bronx Democrat of Albanian descent, organized the Battery Park event.  Dancing-with-the-Stars hoofer Tony Dovolani (“born and raised in Pristina”) emceed portions of the program, which included Albanian dancing and singing. “Life can only be measured by how much love you share,” Dovolani said.

Born Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje (then part of  Kosovo, Vilayet), she founded  the Missionaries of Charity, which required adherents to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of poor.” Her life was devoted to helping suffering, impoverished people around the globe.

Born: August 26, 1910, Kosovo Vilayet

Died: September 5, 1997, Kolkata, India

Monday, Aug. 15, Outdoor Movie Classic “State of the Union” & Pre-film Lounge Party

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state-of-the-union-movie-poster-1948-7:30 PM: FREE MOVIE: Bring photo ID to receive audio headset. First come, first served, 400 seats.

6:00 to 7:15 PM: CAFE LOUNGE PARTY  Members of Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and/or Turtle Bay Association gather behind the park café for free music, munchies and lemonade. Enjoy a stroll through the Katharine Hepburn Garden. Cash bar at Dag’s Café with Happy Hour prices.

If you don’t receive a postcard invitation by mail, you can renew your dues or join via this website. Click on JOIN OR DONATE.

Directed by the legendary Frank Capra, State of the Union has it all: love, lust and politics. Spencer Tracy plays a business tycoon tapped by powerful party bosses to serve as their presidential candidate. He’s  torn between his convictions,  political agendas and two women.  Katharine Hepburn plays the wife who won’t give up on principles and a shaky marriage. Angela Lansbury adds style and spice as the powerful newspaper publisher and “other woman.”

An event presented by Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in cooperation with NYC Parks & Recreation and Dag’s Cafe with generous funding support from the Ford Foundation and Turtle Bay Association.  

DISCOVER THE KATHARINE HEPBURN GARDEN:  WATCH VIDEO

 

Katharine Hepburn Garden Party, May 12th

“The calla lillies are in bloom again,” says Katharine Hepburn in Stage Door. You can watch the scene on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNtz0r5pmXo.

Better yet, join us  on Saturday, May 14  at 1 PM to celebrate  Kate’s birthday (May 12). Live music, coffee and cake with a  tour of the Katharine Hepburn Garden. Co-presented with our friends at the Turtle Bay Association.

Hepburn divulges her thoughts on whether there’s an afterlife …  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCVKfmVvSlghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuIrTS1FI9E

TOUR THE KATHARINE HEPBURN GARDEN, BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuIrTS1FI9E

 

150 World Leaders, Earth Day & Tulips

On Earth Day, April 22, 150 world leaders converge on UN headquarters to  sign the historic Paris climate agreement, making it the largest single signing of an international agreement in world history (another Earth Day first). On every front, extreme weather is causing cataclysmic disruption and damage while  scientific consensus and data on the health effects of climate change continue to mount.

Dag Hammarskjod Plaza will be on high security on April 21 and April 22, but back to normal on Saturday when police  barricades are removed. Enjoy the tulips in the Katharine Hepburn Garden and check out “What’s In Bloom” on Homepage of this website.

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Sculpture: Dialogue for Peace by Mazeredo

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Dove Sculpture

Mazeredo is a Brazilian artist from Rio de Janeiro whose works have been displayed in Brazil, Europe and major US cities. Recently, she was honoured in Paris, where her Dialogue exhibit was on display at the festival Le Lavage Du Madeleine. When Pope Francis visited Rio in 2013, he personally blessed her St. Francis and White Dove sculpture, which then went on public display at Lido Square in Copacabana. She started her Dialogue for Peace sculpture series in 2013 to generate awareness that dialogue between cultures through art plays a crucial role in fostering peace and understanding. The white sculpture represents the dove of peace. The two red and green sculptures  symbolize a butterfly (freedom) and two lips (dialogue). Notice how the pieces of white sculpture interlock and connect.

Ugh–More Scaffolding

Building repairs for 333 East 46th Street condo have required scaffolding on park property in accordance with DOB codes.  A plywood fence has been erected in Katharine Hepburn Garden and across the Plaza’s center performance circle, spanning a distance of approximately 180 linier feet and boxing off the woodland garden.  We are very concerned about damages to plant materials and are monitoring the situtation. Work should be completed sometime in February but is dependent upon weather conditions.