Lonely Planet Writer

See floating Christopher Walken heads and more in a New York City sculpture park

A number of floating Christopher Walken heads have sprung up in a park in New York City – and naturally, have since shown up in many a social media post.

Hey I’m Walken here! #art #sculpture #christopherwalken #socratessculpturepark #astoria

A photo posted by Phil Caminiti (@philcaminiti) on Oct 3, 2016 at 3:01pm PDT

But the heads aren’t part of some strange pre-Halloween display; they are part of one of 15 pieces of art currently on display in Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens.

A photo posted by Jeremy Phillips (@kidradio) on Oct 2, 2016 at 4:47pm PDT

The Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition has just opened at the park, and will be there until 13 March. The “Monument to Walken” – by artist Bryan Zanisnik – features the well-known actor’s likeness, as Walken was born in the neighbourhood where the park is located.

A photo posted by Julia Tedesco (@juliahtedesco) on Oct 4, 2016 at 12:50pm PDT

But Zanisnik’s piece is only one of many. The exhibition is described on the website as “a singular opportunity for rising artists to experiment with ambitious, large-scale public art”. The pieces are diverse in subject, materials, and approach, and “each site-specific work addresses social, ecological, or political issues that are pertinent to the past, present, and future of the park as it celebrates its 30th anniversary year”.

A photo posted by Henrik Nyhus (@henriknycity) on Oct 4, 2016 at 1:21pm PDT

To find out more about each piece on display in the park, there is a digital map with descriptions of each piece.