Public Art - Kenny Scharf

Studio in the Park PressInstallation Map 

These faces originally exhibited in smaller canvas format at a gallery in Miami were among a potpourri of 123 goofy grinning brightly colored images. For this project Scharf selected three of them turned them into 3 dimensional sculptures of foam and urethane and installed them on two sides of a fence so that they could smile wink and glow at the oncoming traffic of the Henry Hudson Parkway and at the same time snicker and grin at the adults and children playing on the other side of the fence at Hudson Beach. Faces In Places stems from his obsession with faces he finds them everywhere both animate and inanimate ones. He takes advantage of all opportunities to startle and delight his viewer. He loves the surprise of an emotional reaction in an ordinary setting or experience.