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Melon Mysticism for Everyone

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Affixed to the Manhattan Bridge chain-link fencing above Forsyth Street is a series of artwork. Arc your head upward; there it is.

Artist Jen Liu created the five banners, collectively called “Melon Mysticism for Everyone.” Each panel features a watermelon carved into a mandela pattern that is eaten by different animals: goat, horse, chicken, and sheep. Chinatown diversity, the food market below, and notions of unity and community were reportedly the creative inspiration. Moreover, Liu notes that “the diverse community that exists in the Chinatown markets is not an abstraction, but something informal, messy and full of life.”

The project was installed at the end of June, and is the third such collaboration between the pARTners track of the DOT art program and the International Studio & Curatorial Program. It’ll remain in place for a period of eleven months (roughly May 2014).


Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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