Today’s news:

Restored sculpture is back in the art of Greenpoint

The heartbreak is literally over for a group of artists who have restored a beloved piece in a Greenpoint park after it was destroyed by vandals earlier this summer.

“Humanity Fountain,” a perfume-emitting sculpture whose heart-shaped glass centerpiece was bashed by thugs on Aug. 26, is back scenting the air in McGolrick Park thanks to the efforts of artists and the Parks Department.

City officials said that the heart attack — which, oh the irony, destroyed an artwork whose theme is human kindness! — was a one-time thing.

“We think it was an isolated incident — not a vendetta for public art,” said Jennifer Lantzas of the Parks Department.

Perhaps, but just in case, the artists took extra security measures with the new glass organ by bolting it to its base more securely and coating it with an extra layer of protective lacquer to prevent shattering.

“We’ve done everything again, but double-bonded,” said Anne McClain, one of the heart’s artists.

For now, no additional security is planned. Residents of the neighborhood, outraged by the assault on the previous heart, have been keeping more than a few eyes on the fountain, McClain said.

“It turns out, a lot of people cared about [the fountain],” she said.

If it’s not tampered with, the heart will stop pumping on Nov. 6, when the exhibit ends.

“Humanity Fountain” at Monsignor McGolrick Park (along Russell Street between Naussau and Driggs avenues in Greenpoint) For info, visit

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group