Art in Tribeca: Jaime Miranda-Bambarén at Thomas Paine Park

While Thomas Paine Park — at Federal Plaza, in the traffic triangle made by Lafayette, Centre and Worth, and that has Foley Square at its southern tip — could use some work, the art installation there now is absolutely worth a stroll. Get ice cream at Chinatown Ice Cream or dumplings on Mosco Street and wander over that way.

The show by contemporary Peruvian artist Jaime Miranda-Bambarén is called 13 Moons, for the 13 monumental spheres scattered throughout the park. Each is carved from the roots of centuries-old eucalyptus trees, which were illegally destroyed. He also calls them seeds, and each one is between 5’10” to 7’6″ in diameter. Their weight ranges from 1,800 to 11,000 lbs.

The installation is part of NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program.

Miranda-Bambarén was born in Lima in 1982 and works in many mediums — sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance — often discussing ecological and spiritual themes. His monument to the victims of terrorist violence in Peru was destroyed in 2010 by vandalism.

The installation will be there until Nov. 1.



  1. Get back to your roots
    And be reborn

  2. I saw them yesterday and looked for the artist’s name. If it was there it is very difficult to find. I liked them a lot. The name of the artist should be posted much easier than whatever it is. I saw other artworks at the City Hall Park a few years ago, the provenance was much clearer and the artist’s name was in large letters.
    I hope that’ll be done soon.

  3. We visited Manhattan for four days and did lots of walking. We were so amazed when we came upon these wonderful sculptures in Thomas Paine Park. So inspiring, well done, Sr. Miranda Bambaren.