Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP
Commissioner, NYC Parks
PLEASE LIST through
August 30, 2016
Michael Clyde Johnson's Parklet for Ennis Playground adds artful seating to park
DATE: August 31, 2015 – August 30, 2016
LOCATION: Ennis Playground
11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
DETAILS: As a parklet within a park, Michael Clyde Johnson's Untitled Benches, Patios, Planters in Arrangement (Parklet for Ennis Playground) provides additional public amenities to Ennis Playground, and by extension to the wider Gowanus neighborhood. This multi-faceted project includes three modular components (patios, benches, and planters), which create additional distinct lounge and play areas within the park. By extending the idea of a parklet – generally conceived as an extension of sidewalk space into the street to provide additional seating and green space – to encompass these same functions within an existing public space, Parklet for Ennis Playground creatively augments the existing park infrastructure and enhances the community's experience of their local park.
Michael Clyde Johnson is a sculptor working in Hudson, NY. He holds an M.F.A. from Hunter College, and studied at Harvard GSD and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, ME. His work has been exhibited in a number of NYC parks, among other venues. Awards include grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Public Art Fund.
Image Credit: Michael Clyde Johnson, Untitled Benches, Patios, Planters in Arrangement (Parklet for Ennis Playground), photographs by Patryce Bak