PLEASE TOUCH THE ART, OUTDOOR ART AT THE PARKS
May 21st, 2015

With the outdoor art season upon us, two inviting and entertaining exhibitions in different New York parks opened last weekend. Organized by the nonprofit Creative Time, “Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park,” in the north end of the park, presents mostly ephemeral projects by eight artists. Works by the Danish artist Jeppe Hein are at Brooklyn Bridge Park in a display of interactive sculptures called “Please Touch the Art,” organized by the Public Art Fund, another nonprofit. Neither show is going to rock anyone’s world, but both entail spending time in nice places.

People venturing out with small children should choose Mr. Hein’s three-part show. When I visited on a hot day last week, dozens of kids and some adults were gleefully getting drenched by “Appearing Rooms.” Water spouts up unpredictably from a slightly raised square of metal grating, creating temporary wet walls along this work’s perimeter and interior axes. More youngsters were capering in and out of the perceptually confounding “Mirror Labyrinth NY,” which consists of mirror-surfaced planks of stainless steel in varying heights planted in the grass in a spiral formation…

KEN JOHNSON in NYT Arts Beat

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