Tucked behind a clump of bushes near the corner of Jackson and 45th Avenues in Long Island City—and across the street from MoMA PS1—Bushwick-based artist Fanny Allié’s latest installation is welcome addition to a stretch of blocks that, until this month, didn’t have anywhere comfortable to sit.
A Bench for the Night is part of the Parks Department’s Art in the Parks program, and will stand in Long Island City until mid November. It’s a continuation of Allié’s previous work on the themes of homelessness, and the human form. In 2013, Allié displayed a life-size steel silhouette of a friend of hers, a formerly homeless man, in Tompkins Square Parkone of his favorite spots.
And in 2011, she designed The Glowing Homeless, a neon, human silhouette reclining on a park bench, for Bring to Light NYC, a public art event in Greenpoint. By