CLIENT: NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE
PROJECT: Kids Zone
DESIGN: BKSK Architects
ARTISTS: Ben Schonzeit and Sandy Skoglund
ROLE: Curatorial advisor
Working with BKSK Architects as part of the museum’s major expansion, SRFA played a pivotal role in developing the concept and design of a permanent exhibition that provides an indoor environment for preschoolers which features large, textured art installations that illustrate the city and nature side-by-side.
Sandy Skoglund created ‘Tree of Trees,’ which is an installation made of real trees and ornamented with her vibrant pink squirrels. The surrounding trunks provide seating for reading circles.
Ben Schonzeit’s three large-scale murals were comprised of scanned images of hundreds of small watercolors of fruits and vegetables, birds, butterflies, and squirrels were thematically arranged to support different activities within the space. These vibrantly colored images and textures encourage children to develop their powers of observation and enrich sensory impressions of the world in a practical and accessible way.