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ARTLANTIC Transforms Disused Atlantic City Lots Into Public Art and Green Space
Posted By Lori Zimmer On May 22, 2013 @ 11:32 am In Art NYC,Green Space,New Jersey | No Comments
Less than a year ago, the seven-acre ARTLANTIC site was a disused gravel lot bordering Atlantic City’s famous boardwalk. Envisioned by Lance Fung and funded by the Atlantic City Alliance  and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority , the space was taken back for the community as a place for gathering, socializing, relaxing and interacting with world-class art.
The park site is framed by two massive earth-art pieces  covered in thick local grasses and wildflowers, shaped like the infinity sign and rising to 14 and 11 feet. The grassy hills welcome guests to climb or recline, and are interspersed with word sculptures by artist Robert Barry  that illuminate at night. In the center of the rings of earth art  is a sunken pirate ship piece by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov . The installation pays tribute to the long forgotten ships on the Atlantic Ocean floor and also serve as a fantastical place for kids to dream and play.
Another garden called “Her” by sculptor Kiki Smith faces the elevated earth, and is planted with red foliage, berries and flowers and centered around a statue of the artist’s sister, who passed away from AIDS in the 1980s.
Seminal land artist Peter Hutchinson also brought in his “Thrown Rope” gardens for an audience of press. Submitting to the idea of chance to design the garden, the 83 year old artist cast a rope into the soil, and let its natural configuration determine the shape. Gardeners then immediately planted hedges and flowers into the snake-like patterns, creating a third gorgeously curvaceous garden. Local artists Jedediah Morfit  and Robert Lach  have also been commissioned to bring their work into the public art realm.
Two other sites are also underway- an interactive mural by John Roloff  located right on the boardwalk, as well as a walkway on Atlantic City’s bay side that will be transformed into an open-air sculpture park . ARTLANTIC is slated to be completed in September, after which the project will span five years and continue to improve and reclaim spaces for public use throughout the city.
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URLs in this post:
 Atlantic City: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/developers-of-atlantic-city-offshore-wind-farm-say-they-are-ready-to-build/
 redevelopment project: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/the-jerde-partnership-reimagines-atlantic-city-as-a-gorgeous-green-family-destination/green-atlantic-city/
 ARTLANTIC: http://artlanticblog.com/
 Lance Fung: http://www.fungcollaboratives.org/
 Kiki Smith: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiki_Smith
 Peter Hutchinson: http://peterhutchinsonartist.com/
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/artlantic-transforms-disused-atlantic-city-lots-into-public-art-and-green-space/artlantic1/
 Atlantic City Alliance: http://www.atlanticcityalliance.net/
 Casino Reinvestment Development Authority: http://www.njcrda.com/
 earth-art pieces: http://inhabitat.com/gerry-barrys-incredible-land-art-installations-harmonize-with-the-irish-landscape/
 Robert Barry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Barry_(artist)
 earth art: http://inhabitat.com/eco-baroques-unique-land-art-gilds-boulders-in-the-gobi-desert/
 Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: http://www.ilya-emilia-kabakov.com/
 Jedediah Morfit: http://www.jedediahmorfit.com/
 Robert Lach: http://www.robertflach.com/
 John Roloff: http://www.johnroloff.com/
 open-air sculpture park: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-ugo-rondinones-colossal-stone-sculptures-put-the-rock-in-rockefeller-center/
 Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/8850032832/in/set-72157633729095406/
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