Formerly a military base near the southern tip of Manhattan, Governors Island is now a destination for public artists, art tourists, and everyday residents to create and experience public art removed from the hustle and bustle of the City. Visitors need only take a quick, 5-minute ferry ride to access this 172-acre arts oasis, which features permanent sculptures such as Mark Handforth's Phone in Tree, participatory art events like FIGMENT NYC, and 30 acres of new park and public spaces. In this video, listen to Leslie Koch—president and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island—visitors, and artists share the role of public art in transforming a once-overlooked island in the middle of the New York Harbor.

Video produced by Line Break Media, linebreakmedia.org

Music: Perspectives by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com

This video was made possible through support from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation.

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