What’s being called the “reimagining” of the Josie Robertson Plaza is part of Restart Stages.
“The GREEN” transforms the approximately 14,000 square feet of open, concrete expanse surrounding the Revson Fountain into an open, park-like space.
The installation acts as the physical centerpiece of Restart Stages, Lincoln Center’s initiative to help kickstart the arts sector and New York City’s revival.
Restart Stages is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Lincoln Center Agora Initiative, a collaboration that reimagines and reactivates public space for a new post-Pandemic era. The art exhibit also is in partnership with the Niarchos Foundation.
“The GREEN” is being constructed of recyclable, biobased SYNLawn, provided by SYNLawn New York.
The grass-like material has a high soy content, fully sourced from U.S. farmers.
SYNLawn New York is the only artificial grass company with USDA certification, due to high soy content, 100% sourced from US Farmers making it sustainable, and recyclable.
The turf fibers are actually made from sugar cane, and the backing from soybean oil makes it the most environmentally friendly turf on the planet.
Fabrication is being provided by Hudson Scenic Studio.
Adhering to accessibility guidelines, the grass-like SYNLawn, ramps, and curved elements are designed so that people with different levels of mobility can access the space.
Cane detection for people who are blind or have low vision is integrated into the architecture.
“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,” said award-winning designer Mimi Lien, who was commissioned to reimagine the space, in a press release.
“The GREEN” will be open May 10 through September 2021, 9 a.m.– midnight daily
A variety of safety protocols will be in place, following recommended guidelines as the public health situation evolves—including, but not limited to, required face coverings, social distancing, and regular cleaning of the space.
Restart Stages is made possible by the generous support of the Lincoln Center Board of Directors and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as part of the SNF-Lincoln Center Agora Initiative.
More About Restart Stages
Restart Stages is a sweeping initiative that will create 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces—an outdoor performing arts center—as well as other outdoor civic venues to help kickstart the performing arts sector and contribute to the revival of New York City.
It is being developed in coordination with NY PopsUp, part of Governor Cuomo’s New York Arts Revival, in a partnership to help extend reach of the initiative far beyond Lincoln Center’s campus.
Restart Stages launched on World Health Day, April 7, with a special performance for healthcare workers by the New York Philharmonic.
Since then, there has been a blood drive in collaboration with the New York Blood Center; and pop-up performances by ensembles from The Juilliard School, Passion Fruit Dance Company/Tatiana Desardouin in collaboration with Works & Process, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and puppeteer Basil Twist.
Artistic programming will feature Lincoln Center’s world-class constituent organizations, including outdoor performances of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Summer Evenings concerts, film screenings from Film at Lincoln Center, a concert and cabaret series by Lincoln Center Theater, and dance workshops from New York City Ballet.
The initiative is a major, public-facing component of its broader effort to provide resources in this moment not just to Lincoln Center’s resident companies, but to the performing arts community as a whole — helping get artists back to work and supporting institutions from Brooklyn to the Bronx to engage their communities in the elevating power of the arts.
Designed with expert advice from medical and public health professionals, Restart Stages creates a safe, welcoming, accessible, and dynamic environment for arts and community organizations from across New York City, including Lincoln Center constituent organizations. All offerings occur outdoors with safety protocols in place for artists, audiences, and staff.
Adhering to accessibility guidelines, the grass-like SYNLawn, ramps, and curved elements are designed so that people with different levels of mobility can access the space. Cane detection for people who are blind or have low vision is integrated into the architecture.
At the close of Restart Stages, SYNLawn New York will upcycle “The GREEN” material to new homes on playgrounds for at-risk youth in upstate New York.
Additional events will be announced in the coming weeks. More information may be found here.
Visit RestartStages.org for updates.