Created and Sold by Risa Puno

Risa Puno
Public Sculptures by Risa Puno seen at Rufus King Park, Queens - Common Ground

Common Ground

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A grid of interconnected picnic tables with tiled mosaic surfaces created by Risa Puno. This installation can be found at Rufus King Park. The shared tabletops and benches each have a different mosaic design inspired by the neighborhood’s unique mix of cultures and iconic architecture. Commissioned by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as part of the UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant.

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Risa Puno

Meet the Creator

"I make interactive sculptures and installations that put a playful twist on familiar pastimes and amusements. I like to think about the language of objects and spaces, and how the way we encounter them changes what we think and feel. By expressing my ideas through existing and recognizable formats, I hope to create a point of access that allows participants to tap into their own feelings of nostalgia, desire, competition, comfort, or even frustration.

The key to understanding my work is to physically engage with it - to use it, play it, touch it, and sometimes even smell or taste it. While I make every effort to craft objects that are beautiful and alluring, my main objective is to create evocative and memorable experiences for the people who use them. My artmaking decisions are guided by functionality; I strive to build things that work seamlessly and feel good in your hands. I believe that if participants implicitly trust their interaction with an object, then they are more open to accepting new ideas and forming new experiences."