Art Installation at Christopher Columbus Park: “Even if you don’t see it, it is there”

Being responsive to our common needs and interconnectedness during these challenging times, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park’s Art Curator Robyn Reed recently hung a new art installation at the Park entitled, “even if you don’t see it, it is there.

Drawing inspiration from graffiti artist DAKU, who incorporates shadows in his work, Robyn chose words, “that would send a small, positive message to everyone visiting our park.” She designed sculptural pieces of styrofoam and fishing wire that hang under the trellis. These serve a twofold purpose as they create shadows on the ground, but also remain in sight if you look for them.

As Robyn describes it:

When the sun shines on the piece, the words can be seen on the pavement.  When a cloud comes by, or when the sun sets, you can no longer see the words clearly on the ground, and you could think that LOVE is gone.  But if you look up, it is still there, you just can’t see it as clearly.  I want this to remind people that even if we can’t see GRATITUDE in the world at a particular time, it is still there – it never goes away, it just can’t be seen at the moment, in that place.  And it moves around – throughout the day, each word is in a different place on the pavement because of the movement of the sun.  Each day, we can find COMPASSION in a new place.  And we should never give up HOPE.   

Please come for a meditative walk under the trellis and experience for yourself: LOVE—GRATITUDE—COMPASSION—HOPE.

Photos courtesy of Meredith Piscitelli.

To learn more about the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, please go to our website Consider becoming a member or sponsor to show your appreciation for Robyn Reed’s artwork and to support FOCCP’s efforts in the Park. Thank you and enjoy your Park.

3 Replies to “Art Installation at Christopher Columbus Park: “Even if you don’t see it, it is there”

  1. I truly wish people would stand up and open their eyes. Is this an episode of the twilight show. The city endorses large masses to gather and march, shoulder to shoulder, sweat to sweat, have control of the streets from into the wee hours of the night. Pure lawlessness endorse by the Mayor with his speeches and the Police are not here or powerless. Then I read stories like this, nice as they are and people are living in another world. Keep saying social distancing, still tight restrictions on your movement, business have to have social distancing training before they open. ??????? But, demonstrators don’t. I’m just dumb witted by people not seeing clearly.

  2. Robyn
    You are absolutely amazing. A totally fabulous, thoughtful, and inspiring
    piece of art.
    Thank you so very much for all your inspirational projects.

  3. In response to JohnMart:
    People who go to the park for a respite from the turmoil resulting from reprehensible injustice and a life-threatening disease are not ‘living in another world’. They are living in this one and seeking the strength and courage it takes to face today and hope for a better tomorrow.

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