Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island
Here in Staten Island we’re very proud of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, the largest, ongoing adaptive reuse project in America. It comprises 28 historical buildings—including several New York City landmarks—on a unique 83-acre campus. Formerly a home for retired sailors built in the 1800s, Snug Harbor is now a distinguished regional arts center where history, architecture, visual art, theater, dance, music, environmental science, and botanical gardens provide dynamic experiences for all ages. Snug Harbor, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is also home to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program (SHARP), the Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island Children’s Museum, and the Staten Island Museum. Each year the Snug Harbor Center holds a major benefit event, the Neptune Ball, named for the magnificently restored 1892 fountain on the East Lawn, which depicts the sea god atop a serpent, his spear poised to strike.
The Neptune Fountain on the East Lawn of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center
My firm, American & International Designs, was asked to design one of the tables at this year’s ball, which was held on Saturday, June 2nd. Our table, which was eco-friendly and featured reused and repurposed products, had a technological theme with some items selected from our online store. These included a Frameless Oval Contemporary Mirror and a Small White Swirl Pedestal Vase. Other items included Wired wallcovering by Designtex, Three Ring Circuits by Debby Arem Designs on Etsy, and TerraCycle Circuit Board Frames from DwellSmart.
At the Neptune Ball. Photograph by Bill Lyons