Tectonic Plates Sculpture to Debut in Lower East Side


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In a few weeks, sculptor Jarrod Beck will receive the ultimate award: an opportunity to display his artwork in the Lower East Side’s Sara D. Roosevelt Park. As the winner of the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award, Beck will debut his tectonic plates sculpture, ‘Uplift.’

Every year, New York’s Parks Department selects a Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award recipient, open to all New York-based artists. Out of more than 80 applicants, Jarrod Beck was chosen as the winner. In addition to his art being chosen to be displayed in the park, he also won $10,000.

Beck’s piece will be made out of salvaged wood and discarded rubber roofing. At night, the sculpture will be lit by LED lights.

“I wanted to make a piece [to] kind of slow people down and maybe help them consider another kind of time,” said Beck.

The artists interested in submitting proposals were highly encouraged to visit the park beforehand to analyze the terrain and other surroundings. Uplift focuses on landscape, geology, and time. Beck not only specializes in sculptures, but also in landscape, printmaking, and drawing. The sculpture will remain in Roosevelt park for a year.

-Erum Salam

Jarrod Beck

Jarrod Beck