Happy Spring!

Public Art Fund
Mar 20, 2013 4:40PM

Celebrating the first day of Spring by look back at our flower-filled 1994 project with Alison and Betye Saar. 

Roots and Wings (as part of Urban Paradise)

Alison Saar (b. 1956, Los Angeles, CA) and Betye Saar (b.1926, Los Angeles, CA) developed the Roots & Wings garden for the Kindergarten students at P.S. 152 in Woodside, Queens. In their first public art collaboration, this mother/daughter team elected to reclaim a 40’ x 60’ unused plot of land located at the corner of the school’s playground in order to create a new outdoor classroom for the 300 kindergarten students. Their vision for the Roots & Wings garden is based on an old proverb and their desire was to “create a garden that at once nurtures a child’s sense of belonging (roots) and exhilarates with the gift of knowledge (wings)”.

images: Frederick Charles/ Betye Saar

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