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Jean Shin: Floating MAiZE

Winter Garden

Known for her inventive works that transform cast-off materials into elegant expressions of place and identity, Jean Shin’s art and practice is ingrained with the idea of sustainability. Shin has repurposed thousands of green plastic soda bottles into an elaborate installation that resembles an artificial landscape. This large-scale artwork will float above the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, engaging audiences to consider the relationship between plastic waste, dietary choices, and environmental stewardship.

Both Floating MAiZE and The Last Straw, Shin’s other artwork at Brookfield Place, enable viewers to see themselves within the context of the artwork and consider sustainability in everyday practices as well as within the global ecosystem.

Co-presented by Arts Brookfield and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and as part of River To River 2020: Four Voices.

Curated by Kendal Henry.

 Photo credit:

Jean ShinMAiZE, 2017

Photo by Joshua Ford


Jean Shin is recognized for her inventive art works that transform cast-off materials into elegant expressions of identity and community. Her work has been exhibited widely in over 150 major museums, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, among others. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the United States, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She lives and works in New York City.

For more information about Jean Shin, visit www.jeanshin.com.

A public program of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), River To River is Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival. River To River celebrates artistic and creative diversity across disciplines, presenting live art and installation in public spaces and in partnership with leading institutions in Lower Manhattan. All events are free and all are welcome.

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