A temporary sculpture now graces Long Island City.
Socrates Sculpture Park and Rockrose Development Corp. teamed up, with the park’s first foray outside its Astoria location, to bring the abstract and vaguely architectural sculpture “Parting” to a former parking lot at 43-29 Crescent St.
Two months ago the developer ripped out the asphalt there and replaced it with grass, a winding path and plantings. The private park will also provide an entrance to the future M. Wells Steakhouse, slated to open this summer.
Artists Jerome Haferd and Brandt Knapp created the white pipe and chain piece for Socrates Sculpture Park.
Its angular shape mimics the many glass towers emerging around the rapidly changing neighborhood, including the Rockrose building across from the lot, called Linc LIC, a 42-story, 709-unit luxury apartment tower. Leasing started in the spring.
“It’s pretty good,” a construction worker who didn’t want to give his name said. “Different.”
“We were trying to figure out what it is,” he added. He thought the structure might be a modern take on a trellis.
Haferd and Knapp originally made the piece for a Socrates competition in 2012 when groups designed and constructed architectural follies — small-scale structures that often have no discernible purpose.
Haferd and Knapp won the competition — an ongoing collaboration between Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League of New York to explore the intersection of sculpture and architecture.
“‘Parting’ is an extraordinary site-specific project that straddles categories of art and architecture,” said John Hatfield, executive director of Socrates.
The lot’s chain-link gate will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.