Botanical Boombox: Brooklyn Branch is a sustainable sonic sculpture will take the form of a solar paneled Tree that bear fruit representing a multitude of talented Hip-Hop Artists that blossom out of various Brooklyn neighborhoods. The solar paneled tree is a metaphor for Hip-Hop which supplied a cultural canopy to communities by offering stimulation, inspiration and activation through music, dance, spoken word and visual art. This Hip-Hop renaissance sparked a rebirth of consciousness in self identity, community and expression.
Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Botanic Garden - (June 17 - October 22, 2023)
A Sustainable Sonic Sculptural tribute dedicated to the legacy of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace. Born and raised in Brooklyn, B.I.G.'s musical frequency is rooted in American, Jamaican, and African rhythms. A true Diasporic sound, internationally recognized and celebrated as a King among hip hop royalty; Where Brooklyn at?!
Dumbo Brooklyn, NY - Clumber Corner Park - (2022 - present)
Botanical Boombox is a Sustainable Mini Greenhouse Boombox sculpture that houses a miniature public housing ecosystem amplifying dreams and stories of personal growth and struggle. Inside this Boombox greenhouse is an arrangement of diverse plants that symbolize the voice of voiceless, individual lived experience by local Hip Hop Artist, sprouting through the redlined concrete of Queensbridge Houses as a metaphoric photosynthesis.
Flushing Queens, NY - Queens Botanical Garden - (2022 - present)
A Sustainable Sonic Monument dedicated to the artistry of Queens Hip-Hop legend LL Cool J, his native Queens NY and his historical performance at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Queens, NY - Flushing Meadows Corona Park - (2021 - 2022)
Passenger Relief is a sculptural reportage of the energy and activities of LaGuardia Airport captured through drawing, photograph and relief sculpture by Queens-based artist, Sherwin Banfield. This project in collaboration with Queens Council on the Arts and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will take the viewer through the creative process of designing an onsite public sculpture by illustrating inspiration, creative documentation and collective presentation.
Marine Air Terminal A, LaGuardia Airport, Queens NYC - (2019 - present)
This Sculptural work is an exploration of sonic identity expressed through the frequency of the Hip Hop Cypher. A Hip Hop Cypher is a participatory gathering of onlookers forming a circle to experience the frequencies of a freestyle battle between Emcees, DJs or Breakdancers within. This Sculptural Cypher consists of three Audio Sculptures, each representing the sonic identities of three Legendary Fallen Artists from Queens, NY. One DJ (Jam Master Jay) and two Emcees (Phife Dawg and Prodigy). These three Hip Hop Icons were chosen for their individuality, unique style of delivery, excellence and contribution to the Art-form of Hip Hop. Each Audio Sculpture celebrates not just the artistry of Hip Hop Culture, but also serve as a Memorial for the Genius of each Artist Representing Queens. Standing nine feet tall looking down upon the viewer, each sculpted Artist is rendered within an acoustic enclosure, capable of outputting the sonic identity of their musical legacy.
Astoria Queens, NY - Socrates Sculpture Park - (2018 - 2019)
Created by New York City based sculptor Sherwin Banfield, Transitions through Triathlon is a unique Triathlon influenced Public Sculpture Project. Transitions through Triathlon is a collective story about my personal journey of becoming a Triathlete during the New York City Triathlon and that of fellow team mates of LLS. My mission for Transitions through Triathlon, is to engage the viewer, who as a spectator, looks onto the sculpture as an athletic event. I encourage the viewer to discover the story of the event, unfolding through the actions of the figures...
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N.Y.C. - Riverside Park South - (2013 - 2014)
Located in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, nestled upon a circular mound where 3 paths converge, is the home of our Collaborative Public Sculpture, Flock, by the 2012/2013 Model to Monument fellows. This collaborative effort by all seven M2M artist took shape over the 8 months. Each artist contributing individualized interpretive proposals which then grew organically into an all encompassing avian idea. As a group. the process of condensing our designs, were painstakingly critiqued and voted upon until our ideas arrived at the final Flock model...
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N.Y.C. - Van Cortlandt Park - (2013 - 2014)
PUBLIC SCULPTURE PROPOSAL IDEAS
I begin my idea with what I imagine as a metaphor to the business model of Vornado Realty Trust, the canopy of the forest. In nature, the tallest trees in a forest form a canopy. This canopy protects the ecosystem of life that lives in the shadows of these larger trees from harsh elements above. It is the protection of the canopy that allows the smaller plants and other living creatures to thrive in their own private ecosystems. Each real estate property is like a large tree in a concrete forest, protecting the ecosystem of leasing businesses that thrive beneath its massive branches. Vornado Realty Trust’s portfolio of properties is a massive canopy...
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N.Y.C. - Vornado Plaza - (Proposal)
Designed to commerate the aquatic sports of Diving, Freestyle and Syncronize Swimming, while preserving the natural state of the Environment.
Swim Swan attempts to portray swimmers legs as Swan lovers. The love of sport and nature represented in this hybrid human swan structure is a play on the physical abilities of the swimmer and the serinity of the natural flow of water illustrated in the two loving swans.
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Montclair, NJ - Edgemont Memorial Park - (Proposal)
This Proposal attempts to add a celebratory feeling of birds and people that emphasizes the performance space and bird sanctuary of this area of Van Cortlandt Park.
Located across from the Bird Sanctuary, VCP Carnival provides the viewer with a festive approach to visitors and birds. Performing as birds, the figures attempt to emulate through various body postures the actions and the beauty of the bird species native to the State of New York, The Bronx and Van Cortlandt Park.
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