Denes and Socrates Sculpture Park invited folks from the neighborhood to plant seeds in the Living Pyramid’s wooden planter boxes on May 17th as part of the Frieze Art Fair, and their efforts have manifested in a verdant, 30-foot-tall tower of flowers and grasses. The pyramid’s colorful blooms are watered by sprinkler at the tip-top of the structure, which has also been doubling as a cooling mister for overheated parkgoers.

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Denes explains that she chose a pyramidal form because of its ability to “convey [] the human drama, our hopes and dreams against great odds”. The New York-based artist was also behind Wheatfield — A Confrontation, a field of golden wheat that took over two acres of landfill space in Battery Park City way back in 1982.

The Living Pyramid was made possible, in part, by the David Rockefeller Fund as a way to honor David Rockefeller on his 100th birthday on June 12th. The verdant structure will remain on display at Socrates Sculpture Park until August 30, 2015.

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