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The pandemic continues to reshape how we live, work, and enjoy our time out in society. Curbside pick-up is now a mainstay offered at retailers, grocery stores, and even garden centers, while restaurants are scrambling to find ways to accommodate the growing popularity of dining al fresco. Entertainment venues are also acknowledging the trends as the famed Lincoln Center recreates its popular entrance into a green space everyone can enjoy.
Celebrated set designer Mimi Lien has been officially commissioned to reimage the Josie Robertson Plaza of Lincoln Center as part of the new initiative “Restart Stages,” which will commit to developing ten outdoor performance spaces over the coming year. Projects include:
- A cabaret-style stage on Hearst Plaza;
- Dedicated family and kids’ areas with art activities;
- Venues for rehearsals, which will, in turn, open up the artistic process to visitors;
- Space for public school graduations;
- An outdoor reading room, created in partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
All green space projects are provided through the support of the Lincoln Center Board of Directors and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
President and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Henry Timms said in a statement, “The cultural community has an urgent role to play in the revitalization of New York, to showcase that our city is not just back economically, but spiritually and socially. We are building this outdoor campus to be ready so that when the time comes, we do not miss a single day. We will fling our metaphorical doors wide open on day one in celebration of New York and the resolute, remarkable people who make it the best city on earth.”
“The GREEN” will be the first project undertaken – transforming some 14,000 square feet of open concrete and stonework near and around the iconic Revson Fountain into an oasis of lush green lawn and vegetation in the heart of the city.
When asked about the green space project, Lien said, “When invited to consider how the physical space of Josie Robertson Plaza could be re-envisioned to be a more inclusive and inviting environment, I immediately thought that by changing the ground surface from hard paving stones with no seating to a material like grass, suddenly anyone would be able to sit anywhere.”
Just as gardening and other outdoor activities have seen an incredible resurgence due to restrictions brought about by the pandemic, we as a society will continue to demand that the beautify of the outdoors be front and center.
Timms goes on to say, “We’re thrilled to launch ‘The GREEN,’ a space for New Yorkers to re-energize, and find inspiration and uplift.” Feelings individuals from coast to coast will come to expect as our lifestyles shift towards the benefits and wonders of nature.
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