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Allen Street Mall’s artistic nature

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Henry the moose is loose on the Lower East Side.

Alberto M. Bursztyn was working on his wooden public artwork “Henry (Lower East Side Moose)” on Sunday on the Allen Street Mall at Broome Street.

Made of discarded lumber, the piece’s antlers were painted yellow and the sculptor was going to paint the body black. The Brooklyn-based artist — who works with found objects and materials — says the piece is meant to hearken back to Manhattan’s primeval natural landscape.

Alberto M. Bursztyn getting ready to hammer a piece of found wood onto the sculpture. (Photo by The Village Sun)

The installation is part of the Parks Department’s Art in the Parks program, which has been around since 1967. Other sculptures that are part of the installation stretch along two blocks of the mall.

“Lotus,” by Elizabeth Knowles and Eric David Laxman. (Photo by The Village Sun)

Another piece, “Lotus,” by Elizabeth Knowles and Eric David Laxman, which also mediates on the natural world, is located just south of the moose. It’s made of welded stainless steel, wire and acrylic. The collaborative artwork “celebrates the purifying growth cycle of the lotus,” which each day blooms anew out of the muddy water.

Artists Sarah Haviland, Elaine Lorenz, Judith Peck, Daina Shobrys, Michael Wolf also have pieces in the Lower East Side mall installation.

There will be an opening event for the installation, which is called “Back to the Garden,” on the Allen Street Mall between Broome and Hester Streets on Thurs., May 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The artworks will be on view through Oct. 30.

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