You can now take in a gorgeous view of summer sunflowers right here in NYC.
They may not be real, but they’re just as striking! Located on Roosevelt Island, a brand new sunflower art installation has taken over the large set of stairs at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park. The floral staircase is a 12-by-100-foot installation specifically created for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. [featured image source: Instagram / @littlekidnyc]
It’s part optical illusion, as when you step back (or take a photo at a certain angle) it really looks like a field full of sunflowers, rather than a staircase with a flower print on them. Besides just the florals, taking it in from a distance will also reveal a quote on the steps that reads, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
The waterfront flag was made public on July 17, and will remain on view through September 30. According to the description on the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy site: “Our Freedoms Park Conservancy seeks to promote and celebrate human rights, and to spark important conversations about the need for equal access to voting through our new installation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.”
The work is a collaboration with Park, the New-York Historical Society, and the League of Women Voters of the U.S.
The vibrant staircase can be found on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. Enjoy a timelapse of its creation here: