Photos © Sachyn Mital, courtesy of Lincoln Center
The Lincoln Center’s famed Josie Robertson Plaza has been transformed into a huge green space for the public. Designed by set designer Mimi Lien, the public installation, called “The Green” officially opened on Monday as a place for New Yorkers to lounge, borrow a book from the New York Public Library, and even enjoy pop-up performances hosted by the institution. The Green is the centerpiece of Lincoln Center’s “Restart Stages” initiative, which converted the 16-acre campus into 10 new outdoor performance venues last month.
The Green measures 14,000 square feet and features “grass-like recyclable, biobased SYNLawn material,” fully sourced from U.S. farmers. When Restart Stages ends, SYNLawn New York will upcycle the lawn material for use on playgrounds for at-risk youth in upstate New York.
“When invited to consider how the physical space of Josie Robertson Plaza could be re-envisioned to be a more inclusive and inviting environment, I immediately thought that by changing the ground surface from hard paving stones with no seating to a material like grass, suddenly anyone would be able to sit anywhere,” Mimi Lien said in a previous statement.
“I hope that this curved grass surface will feel like an embrace and an expanse at the same time, and will reimagine the Plaza as a site of social infrastructure, like a town green – a place to gather, a common ground.”
The Green will be open every day through September, starting at 8 a.m. and closing after the final evening “Restart Stages” performance.
First announced in March, the “Restart Stages” was developed alongside the state’s NYPopsUp initiative, a plan from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to revive arts and culture across the state with hundreds of outdoor pop-up events and performances.
Outdoor venues at Lincoln Center include a “cabaret-style” stage on Hearst Plaza, a family area with art activities for children, rehearsal space open to the public, space for public school graduations, a canteen, and space to check out books from the NYPL. In total, there will be 150 free or low-cost performances throughout the duration of the program.
Editor’s note: The original version of this story was published on April 13, 2021, and has been updated with new images and information.
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All photos © Sachyn Mital, courtesy of Lincoln Center
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