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Public Sculptures Encourage Outdoor Workouts

Public Sculptures Encourage Outdoor Workouts
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Flexible is an interactive fitness area, whose art pieces become platforms for physical activity.

Emma Hutchings
  • 25 june 2013

Created by Darren Goins, ‘Flexible‘ is an interactive public art sculptural workout area, where people can use the physical platforms for exercise or mental relaxation. To be built in Queens, the installation consists of three sculptures that invite physical exploration.

The public artwork is inspired by Isamu Noguchi, Socrates Sculpture Park and a workout area by the East River. It is a continued study on physically interactive objects within the public realm.

Public Art Sculptures Encourage Outdoor Workouts

The three constructions that make up ‘Flexible’ can be traversed through while in the pedestrian plaza at 40th Street and Queens Boulevard, under the elevated 7 train that connects Times Square to Flushing, Queens. Currently in fabrication, they are due to be installed during the first week of July and will remain there until July 2014.

The project is a collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Astoria and Sunnyside in Queens and the Department of Transportation New York City Urban Art program, as part of the pARTners program track. Darren Goins hosted workshops at the clubs including collage exercises, drawing and model building.

They found various ways to represent common forms into physically imagined interactive puzzles and developed the final designs. Goins is currently raising funds for ‘Flexible’ on Kickstarter.

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