“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
I am an ardent admirer of large-scale works of art, created by New York artists in public spaces. When this art has an impromptu and ephemeral quality all the better! It is here today, maybe not tomorrow. The work of artist Mark Panzarino fits comfortably into this category. For this project he has taken love to the street, or more accurately to the sidewalk. Creatively using the hexagon-shaped paving stones that surround Union Square Park as a starting point, love and the world become more colorful with his chalk work.
The Farmers Market occupies the plaza around Union Square Park on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Monday is the day of week when the market is smallest. One Monday, I found Mr. Panzarino off to the side of the farmers’ stands, creating his art message. When he creates larger works, he works during the Market’s off days. To see an example of a linear version of Love click on the ‘O’ photo to be taken to photos at his blog.
Union Square Park is the second square on Walk About New York’s Five Squares and a Circle Tour. On any Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday, we may be lucky enough to come across Mr. Panzarino and his art messages made in chalk.
In a nod to our interactive world, Mr. Panzarino as included shoe-print outlines within the negative space of the ‘O.’ Passers-by can participate with the art of love. It is a fun touch!
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
A bright and cheerful man, Mr. Panzarino trained at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School, the David Howard Dance Center, and the San Francisco Ballet School; and he apprenticed with Miami City Ballet for several seasons.
“Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” —Loretta Young (1913–2000)
Mr. Panzarino has choreographed for Steps on Broadway, Texas Dance Theatre, and The Field.
“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” —Mother Teresa (1910–1997)
Mr. Panzarino’s artwork brings a smile to the faces of many who pass by. Others, lost in their own immediate world and electronic devices, ignore it, even walk on it without noticing. As a testament to Mr. Panarino’s laid-back personality, he is cool with that.
“The first duty of love is to listen.”
—Paul Tillich (1886–1965, German philosopher)
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
—Lao Tzu (604BC–531BC)
“All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
—Helen Keller (1880–1968)
Some captions from the 1965 song L-O-V-E Music: Bert Kaempfert; Lyrics: Milt Gabler
ALL PHOTOS AND TEXT © THE AUTHOR 2014