Subterranean Tropicalia Projects: PN15 1971/2022
Subterranean Tropicalia Projects: PN15 1971/2022
This immersive environment provides visitors with a multi-sensory experience, with plants and image projections that create a play of light, shadow, opacity, framing, and orientation.
Socrates Sculpture Park
May 14, 2022 to August 14, 2022
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Artist details

Hélio Oiticica (1937 – 1980) is widely regarded as one of Brazil’s leading artists of the twentieth century and a touchstone for much contemporary art made since the 1960s, primarily through his freewheeling, participatory works of art, performative environments, avant-garde films and abstract paintings.

Exhibition details

Presented in collaboration with Projeto Hélio Oiticica and Americas Society, this immersive environment is the first realization of a never-before-executed idea by the late Brazilian artist. Oiticica envisioned the work in 1971, as part of a series of Subterranean Tropicália Projects for Central Park, while he was living in New York City, drawing inspiration from the thriving underground culture. The circular structure of curving corridors provides visitors with a sensory multi-sensory experience and a space for the public to collectively engage in auto-performance. The 40 feet diameter environment, with plants and image projections, creates a play of light, shadow, opacity, framing, and orientation. It is a space for collective creativity and leisure, dubbed “creleisure” by the artist.


Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106

Image: Katherine Abbott Photography