From Broken CDs to Beating Wings

Much like the floppy disk, the CD is on its way out. MP3s and their players, bless them, blew CDs out of the water when they gave us the ability to have our entire song collection on hand at once. Memory cards and USB sticks eliminated that awkward stage where CDs replaced the aforementioned floppy. There are teenagers alive who have never had to deal with these old relics physically. The floppy disk is just a little icon, the ‘save’ button on a word processor. Sean Avery, however, turns the CD into something more--by destroying it.

It’s not often that recycled art stuns, but Avery’s pieces are out of this world. He calls his work sustainable art. Sustainable art, like environmental art, emphasizes a need to give back and to make the most of what we have instead of creating more waste. Sean Avery breathes new life into outdated technology. His elablorate sculptures that gleam in the sun are even created in a lo-tech way: simple hot glue, wire frames, and a lot of patience go into each of his pieces. Interestingly enough, his subjects most often seem to be animals. He finds something living and breathing within and literally makes it shine. Scales, feathers, and fur are all created with shaped CD fragments.

Flow.11 at Randall's Island Park

Randall’s Island Park is a beautiful waterfront landmark, located conveniently in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, and has been the home of various recreational events since the 1930s. As one of the most unique parks in New York City, patrons can enjoy a scenic walk around the island’s 4.5 mile shoreline, play tennis at one of the 20 state-of-the-art courts available, play 18-holes of golf, or mellow out at a music festival. Spanning a total of 480 acres, the park is frequently inhabited by picnic goers, athletes, as well as locals and tourists.