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Public Art by Peter D. Gerakaris Studio seen at Public School 101, Brooklyn - "Cosmic Bridge" - NYC Percent for Art Commission at PS101

"Cosmic Bridge" - NYC Percent for Art Commission at PS101

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"Cosmic Bridge" is a hand-painted mural installation spanning over 116 ft long x variable height w/ acrylic on modular Dibond panels. This immersive, permanent public work was commissioned & curated by the NYC Percent for Art Program for PS101K Brooklyn (New York). All artwork was designed & fabricated by the artist.

Collection of the NYC Department of Education, Public Art for Public Schools. Commissioned by the NYC Department of Education, NYC School Construction Authority Public Art for Public Schools program in collaboration with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program. New school addition designed by PKSB Architects.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: Based on extensive research, abundant symbolism embeds this immersive installation to celebrate our cosmic and aquatic frontiers, referencing everything from PS101 alumnus Carl Sagan to Bensonhurst’s rich maritime history. Cosmic and aquatic vignettes greet viewers in the lobby, merging whimsically with flora, fauna, and sea life indigenous to New York. As one moves through the installation toward the cafeteria, the climate changes from temperate to semi-tropical as the color palette morphs from cool to hot.

All artwork ©Peter D. Gerakaris. a.r.r.

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Interdisciplinary artist whose vibrant paintings, public installations, & origami sculptures engage Nature-Culture themes.

American interdisciplinary artist Peter D. Gerakaris was raised a free-range child in New Hampshire, earning a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from Hunter College where he received the Tony Smith Prize.

Gerakaris’ kaleidoscopic paintings, installations, and origami sculptures engage nature-culture themes and are showcased in various permanent institutional collections including the National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY), NYC Department of Education Public Art for Public Schools (Brooklyn, NY), the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program in Libreville, Gabon (Africa), the Schomburg Center (New York, NY), the Waskowmium (Burlington, VT), the Warwick Hotel (Bahamas), and Citibank, in addition to a spectrum of private collections around the globe such as Beth Rudin DeWoody and the William Lim Living Collection (Hong Kong, China).

Additionally, Gerakaris has created many large-scale public commissions awarded by Cornell Tech, The Surrey Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, and the Warwick Hotel Paradise Island Permanent Collection (Bahamas). The artist also recently completed a permanent, site-specific public art commission through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program — an immersive, hand-painted installation spanning over 116ft at PS101K (Brooklyn, NY).

Having received distinctions such as the National Academy of Art’s Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center’s Clowes Foundation Full-Fellowship, his artwork has been exhibited internationally at the Bronx Museum, Wave Hill, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Google NYC, FX Collaborative, Chinese Contemporary (Beijing), various art fairs such as Scope and the Doors (Seoul), iSolAIR (Cape Verde Islands, West Africa), the National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Mykonos Biennale, while also being featured in publications like Architectural Digest, the Financial Times, and W Magazine.