Riverdale Station // Metro-North Railroad
Dennis Oppenheim: Rising and Setting, 2006
Perforated, painted steel sculpture
Spring has sprung – why not take a trip to the Bronx for some color? Follow the Metro-North Railroad to Riverdale Station and check out Dennis Oppenheim’s permanent sculpture, Rising and Setting. The artist, who passed away in 2011, was known and commended by his peers for working with a broad range of media - from earthworks, to body art, to architecturally inclined public sculpture, like this one. His large-scale houses undulate to mimic the rising and setting of the sun, hence the title. Painted in bright, poppy colors and surrounded by budding foliage on the station grounds, it’s the perfect piece to seek out on a fine spring day.
While you’re there, pop over to Wave Hill to wander in the gardens, or check out this ‘cool’ event on April 1st: Alejandro Guzman collaborates with Okamoto Studio for an outdoor performance celebrating man’s relationship to nature. Dressed in his performance object made of mixed media, the artist will gradually emerge from a block of ice sculpted by Okamoto Studio. The act represents the rebirth and renewal of springtime and an embracing of the natural world at the Lower Lawn, 3:00pm. Wave Hill has a shuttle that meets at the Metro-North Railroad Riverdale Station at 45 minutes past the hour, from 9:45am to 4:45pm, and returns visitors to the Riverdale station, departing Wave Hill’s front gate at 20 minutes past the hour, from 12:20 to 5:20.