Our iconic Josie Robertson Plaza is being dramatically re-imagined as we welcome spring and New Yorkers back to our outdoor campus as part of Restart Stages. Celebrated set designer and MacArthur Genius grantee Mimi Lien will transform the space with “The GREEN,” re-envisioning the approximately 14,000 square feet of open, concrete expanse into an environment that invites New Yorkers to relax and enjoy the open, park-like space.
The installation acts as the physical centerpiece of Restart Stages, Lincoln Center’s initiative to help kickstart the arts sector and New York City’s revival. Restart Stages is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Lincoln Center Agora Initiative, a collaboration that reimagines and reactivates public space for a new era.
“When invited to consider how the physical space of Josie Robertson Plaza could be re-envisioned to be a more inclusive and inviting environment, I immediately thought that by changing the ground surface from hard paving stones with no seating to a material like grass, suddenly anyone would be able to sit anywhere,” said Mimi Lien.
Opening May 10, “The GREEN” will feature grass-like recyclable, biobased SYNLawn material, provided by SYNLawn New York. Books will be available for borrowing provided by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, a small snack bar is planned for the northeast corner, and pop-up performances of all kinds will be offered throughout the summer and fall—including music, dance, and a series of family performances and workshops.
“The GREEN” is designed so that people with different levels of mobility can access the space. Cane detection for people who are blind or have low vision is integrated into the architecture.
Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY
OPENING DATE MAY 10th, 2021
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