George Trakas, Beacon Point
Long Dock Park, Beacon Point
Born in 1944 in Quebec, Canada, George Trakas came to New York City in 1963. Trakas is among the leading artists of his generation working in the landscape. Widely acclaimed for numerous projects in North America and Western Europe over the past thirty years, Trakas’s installations typically incorporate a functional response to a particular site or environment. Some of Trakas’s works include Berth Haven (1983) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle, Washington, and Isle of View (1985) at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which are constructions of minimal forms that emphasize the natural resources of the site. He was recently commissioned by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program to create a major work titled Shoreline Nature Walkway for the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Brooklyn, making accessible to the public approximately 1,000 feet of shoreline along Newtown and Whale Creeks. In much of his work, the artist recycles local materials and incorporates them into the finished site, providing a strong sense of the character of the original place.