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Manhattan Park’s 2019 Pop-Up Pool Party

May 17, 2019

A wonderland of color on Roosevelt Island

For the 5th consecutive year, Citi Habitats New Developments—along with designers K&Co and Pliskin Architecture—have come together to spearhead the ‘Pop-Up Pool Party’ art installation.  This whimsical, immersive experience is located at the outdoor pool at Manhattan Park, an 8.5-acre waterfront rental community at 30 River Road on Roosevelt Island, in the heart of New York City.

Artist Elizabeth Sutton (center) with her team.

This year, renowned local artist Elizabeth Sutton was tapped to lend her creative vision to the space.  Part of the NYDesigns incubator program, Sutton leverages her background in both business and mathematics to create works that are precise, detailed and balanced—but also reminiscent of the Pop Art movement of the 1950s and 60s.  Her art has been featured in the 2016 Hamptons Designer Showhouse and the 2017 Architectural Digest Design Show.

Sutton at work.

For Manhattan Park, Sutton—in collaboration with Krista Ninivaggi, Founder of K&Co—created a vibrant sunburst pattern to transform the pool deck at the complex into a wonderland of color.

Using 60 gallons of patio paint by Benjamin Moore —in 18 different shades—Sutton and her team spent nine full days painting the 96’ long concrete pool deck with this intricate pattern.

“I love playing with patterns, focal points, scale and color contrast/depth within my work,” she explains.  “All of these elements are included in this design.  The project was laborious but such a cool experience—a painting session and workout all in one.  I hope it brings some good energy to those enjoying poolside.”

The final pool deck mural will be revealed on Memorial Day weekend.  This temporary installation will last throughout the summer 2019 season.  The freshly painted pool deck will also feature loungers, hammocks, beach-style lifeguard chairs and other deck furniture—all with an iconic, pop-art feel.

For more ideas of where to relax this summer, take a look at our suggestions for easy day trips from NYC.

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