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Peter D. Gerakaris – Tropicália – Commemorating Cornell Tech Campus’ Groundbreaking on Roosevelt Island
Cornell University’s Cornell Tech is finally getting it’s own home on Roosevelt Island, New York. To help show off their new digs, Cornell commissioned artist Peter Gerakaris to create an artwork to commemorate this historic groundbreaking. Tropicália is an immersive, mixed media, site-specific installation curated by Kendal Henry.
Jane Swanson, Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations for Cornell Tech had this to say about Gerakaris’ installation:
“Peter’s project is a magnificent example of the kind of creativity and innovation we plan to bring to our campus on a regular basis and we’re proud to feature a fellow Cornellian while doing so. This is one more step towards our commitment to bring public art to the Roosevelt Island community.”
Gerakaris’ self-described “pop-botanic” work presents somewhat of a hallucination to his viewers. His hypnotic, highly colorful, geometric imagery entices viewers in, and hypnotizes once one is there.
Duggal Visual Solutions is very proud to have produced the vinyl prints Gerakaris assembled on site in what is a large format collage.
Tropicália speaks to the future of the university’s presence on Roosevelt Island by fusing art, technology, place and community. This vibrant, expansive installation features hidden surprises that may be revealed only by multiple visits. Some elements are visible only from certain vantage points, while others unveiled through the use of 3D glasses.
527 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044