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Artwork: A Bronx Reflection (Carol Sun)

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Location: 167th Street ยท Installed: 2006

"This proposed artwork represents my metaphorical reflection of the Bronx within a heroic time-scape comprised of the past, present, and future. Using a caterpillar's metamorphosis, I want to show, simply and directly, the idea that the Bronx is a place whose changes are a part of its history, and whose families can look back and forward in time with pride, knowing that they are responsible for many positive changes and beautiful transformations to come.

In my panels I combine radiant outdoor urban life with the calm, simple pleasures that are experienced in the home and community. The day is just beginning and a warm cup of coffee sits on the kitchen table. Outside in the breeze, ubiquitous sparrows playfully flutter and build their nests while the school bus waits for students. Next to the apartment building the quiet basketball court promises afternoon games. These are not just bustling experiences of the inner city, but the equally valuable notes struck by the more tranquil family life that defines much of the Bronx.

This image of the Bronx is based on my personal experiences from living there as a child as well as relationships I have with the community as a mature artist. Like many families, we had few luxuries-- our lives revolved around my father's job and our education. I fondly recall the small daily treasures-- eating candy from the penny candy store, exploring the many parks, riding my bicycle through the streets, marveling at vast sunrises and sunsets, summers at Orchard Beach, walking through the New York Botanical Gardens with my father, indulging in sweet ice cream sundaes on Fordham Road, and the excitement of school trips to the Bronx Zoo.

I have witnessed the challenges faced by the borough-- the problems of urban decay, white flight, and racial and geographic prejudice. I have seen the environment and population go through dramatic and trying cycles of change. But looking at the Bronx, I continue to see the positive influences prevail as neighborhoods find new ways to thrive. These images express my belief that we can gather strength and inspiration from daily life as it is modestly lived in the vibrant Bronx."-- Carol Sun. Source: cuny.edu


Photo Gallery


Image 59348
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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 167th Street
Artwork: A Bronx Reflection (Carol Sun)

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 167th Street
Artwork: A Bronx Reflection (Carol Sun)

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 167th Street
Artwork: A Bronx Reflection (Carol Sun)

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 167th Street
Artwork: A Bronx Reflection (Carol Sun)

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 167th Street
Artwork: A Bronx Reflection (Carol Sun)

Image 59353
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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 167th Street
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