Madison Square Park & Fata Morgana Shimmer Under an Early Summer Sun

A few weeks ago, I visited Madison Square Park, a small, shady urban oasis in the heart of Manhattan.  Perhaps best known for its proximity to the historic Flatiron Building at its southwestern corner, the park is also s favorite among locals, visitors and workers seeking a quiet place to eat lunch al fresco.

I visited the park a view weeks ago while an new art installation was being constructed.  The small portion that was in place that day was enough to pique my curiosity, so I recently went back to see the entire piece.  Fata Morgana, by Brooklyn-based Teresita Fernandez is a site/sight to behold. A Wall Street Journal piece provides more detail:

Wikipedia describes a Fata Morgana as follows:

A Fata Morgana is an unusual and complex form of superior mirage that is seen in a narrow band right above the horizon. It is the Italian name for the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay, from a belief that these mirages, often seen in the Strait of Messina, were fairy castles in the air or false land created by her witchcraft to lure sailors to their death.

A Fata Morgana is often rapidly changing. The mirage comprises several inverted (upside down) and erect (right side up) images that are stacked on top of one another. Fata Morgana mirages also show alternating compressed and stretched zones.

Fermandez artfully captures and leverages distortion, reflection and illusion, re-configuring the verdant plushness of the park into a Cubist masterpiece.

Here a few images of the park, the canvas upon which Fata Morgana plays.

And here is the Park transformed by Fernandez’s installation.  I recommend a visit!

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