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Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:35 am, Fri Jul 6, 2012.

Green and eco are terms we hear thrown around in conjunction with any product ranging from cars to laundry detergent, but this summer’s exhibition at Flushing’s Crossing Art, Going Green II, doesn’t use green in the generic sense.

These art pieces in the second annual show don’t save the world — perhaps artist Peter Hiers rids a few roadways of discarded tires — but instead deal with the environment in the larger sense, Assistant Gallery Director Maria Boobis said.

The pieces look at the environment from many angles and mediums as well as depicts the environment of the past, present and future.

New Mexico-based artist Marietta Patricia Leis’ sprawling exhibit ( there are about 20 separate pieces ranging in size and format) represents the past. Her monochromatic green canvases titled “Green” seem to depict a past world of abundance and untouched vegetation many urbanites don’t have too much familiarity with. She created the exhibit based on her travels in Thailand. These paintings are also accompanied by little waxy sculptures that look like presents tied with a ribbon, and poems.

Another artist of the past category is New York City-based Elly Cho. Her black and white, looping video, titled “Visual Kinematics: a State of Art,” of an ever- changing forest complete with the sounds of running water and chirping birds, shows a world without people.

Next the viewer sees the current world. Hiers takes discarded tires from the side of the road and reheats, folds and manipulates them into intricately twisted wall sculptures.

His tires have gained some prestigious recognition abroad as well as right here in the city at the Whitney Museum.

For the younger set, good swimmers between the ages of 6 and 18 can join the Parks Swim Team. Tryouts are between July 5 and July 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Astoria Pool — bring a copy of the swimmer’s birth certificate. Team members will train for the Five Borough Championship meet to be held on Aug. 11.

The pool also offers adult and senior lap swim as well as exercise classes for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, cerebral palsy or Down syndrome and for anyone suffering from pain.

In the spring the Astoria Pool was one of 40 city historical spots — five were in Queens — to vie for a chunk of a $3 million grant through the Partners in Preservation program. The pool received $10,000 to contribute to a $245,000 project to turn the unused dive tank, which is adjacent to the Olympic-sized pool, into a performance area, with the art deco dive platform transformed into a sculptural theater tower

The Astoria Pool was founded in 1936 by then-Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. It opened to much fanfare on July 4, 1936, when the Olympic tryouts for the U.S. swim and diving teams were hosted at the pool. The event returned to the location in 1964.

Astoria Pool

When: Through Sept. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Astoria Park, 21 Hoyt Ave. North

Tickets: Free, (718) 760-6969


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