2017-05-12 / Community

Sculptures On The Rock

By Anna Spivak


“Rock Relics” by Esther Grillo is up at Beach 106th Street and features a Rockaway Playland roller coaster steel chain. 
Photo courtesy of Facebook/Esther Grillo “Rock Relics” by Esther Grillo is up at Beach 106th Street and features a Rockaway Playland roller coaster steel chain. Photo courtesy of Facebook/Esther Grillo A group of sculptors is beautifying Shore Front Parkway with an eyecatching art exhibition this summer: “14 Sculptors Inc. on the Rock.”

If you’ve walked along the thoroughfare in recent weeks, you might have noticed some of the pieces coming together. The exhibition, which will feature 15 sites, 16 artists and 17 sculptures, will officially open on June 3 and will run through Oct. 9.

The Wave caught up with one of the 14 sculptors, Anne Stanner, as her sculpture, “Rockaway Wave,” was being installed at Beach 95th Street.

“It’s inspired, of course, by the beach and I have sea stars and seahorses [throughout],” said Stanner. “It’s just kind of like a childhood memory, finding seahorses and sea stars on this beach and other beaches and it always seems so delightful.”


Anne Stanner with her sculpture, “Rockaway Wave.” 
Photo by Anna Spivak Anne Stanner with her sculpture, “Rockaway Wave.” Photo by Anna Spivak Stanner, who grew up in Jackson Heights, recalled taking the bus out to Rockaway as a teenager.

“I used to come here as a teenager and hang out at the beach with my friends,” Stanner said. “So that was a great memory; this is the beach I came to.”

The accomplished artist graduated from City College with a Master’s degree in fine art and has had her work displayed in public spaces before.

Creators of the exhibition, Esther Grillo and Chris Jorge, told The Wave that their hope is for the installation to fill a cultural void on the peninsula.

“A big part of the reason we really wanted to bring this to the Rockaways is there’s no cultural institutions out here,” said Jorge. “We are part of the borough of Queens, however, to get to a museum it takes effort and time, so, to bring art right out into the streets and to connect the exhibition to the community is our goal.”

Look out for more artists and sculptures along Shore Front Parkway in the coming weeks. On Friday, May 12, two to three artists will be installing their work at Beach 106th Street and Beach 81st Street.

For more information, visit www.14sculptors.com

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