Life’s a beach

A new summertime artwork fills a 700-square-foot space at Rye’s Playland – and it may be a sign of things to come for the Sound Shore amusement park.

Playland in Rye is known for its historic Art Deco buildings and as the home of the Westchester Children’s Museum. So it comes as no surprise that Westchester County Executive George Latimer would put out the word to ArtsWestchester CEO Janet T. Langsam to spearhead an “Art on the Beach” project funded by the Westchester Parks Foundation to fill a 700-square-foot space at the Sound Shore amusement park. In no time, Langsam says, there were 54 entries, then 10 finalists and now one winner – Tatjana Kunst’s “Floating Forest,” in which the Yonkers ceramicist envisioned ombré ceramic jellyfish bodies with crotcheted tentacles. You don’t have to worry about being stung by these marine animals as you wander among them through the end of August.

Having had a peek at some of the other delightful entries, we’re heartened to hear that there may be room, and money, for more installations or murals. (Other kinds of art may be too fragile for the seaside space.)

Here’s hoping.

For more, visit and check out our story on “Art on the Beach” in our August “Downtime Fascinations” issue.

Georgette Gouveia

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