Socrates Sculpture Park, located at the southern edge of Long Island City’s waterfront, reopened post-Hurricane Sandy only slightly worse for the wear.
Winds pulled out some of the park’s largest trees and 20 inches of water flooded the main office and adjoining storage rooms, submerging files, archives, publications and office equipment. The park’s staff cleared out several truckloads of debris and as of last Wednesday the computers and Internet were functioning.
“Coincidentally, most of our slides were recently digitized to complete the new archive of artists and exhibitions on our website,” and were thus saved from the storm, according to an email blast sent out by park officials on Nov. 8.
The park reopened on Nov. 5, but then shuttered again when the surprise snowstorm hit last Wednesday. However, the park is almost back to normal now.
Residents have generously donated their time to clean up the park and now the park no longer needs assistance, the email said, adding, “We kindly request that you redirect your generous volunteer efforts to those in dire need.”
Overall the park fared well, the newsletter read. Park spokeswoman Ellen Staller later reiterated that sentiment in an email saying, “Overall, we’re in pretty good shape.”
Several works from the Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, a commissioned group show running through March, stood strong when the storm hit. Park staff evacuated the more delicate pieces, such as the inflatable Buddha piece “Floating Echo,” before the storm. One artwork by Melissa Calder—n sustained damaged, but will be repaired
“Most of the works have solid footings and could not be moved so easily,” Staller said.