Posted On: December 14, 2012

Solstice Celebration






Madison Square Park

Southwest Corner, 23rd Street and Broadway/Fifth Avenue

Thursday, December 20




Please join us for an unprecedented gathering as we celebrate one of the most anticipated events of our time!

Against the shimmering glow of artist Leo Villareal‘s monumental illuminated sculpture BUCKYBALL, meditation/yoga teacher Elizabeth Rossa will guide us through a Celestial Communication, which is a moving meditation inspired by the tradition of Kundalini Yoga.

A commission of Mad. Sq. Art, Villareal’s BUCKYBALL is comprised of 180 LED tubes arranged in a series of pentagons and hexagons, known as a “Fullerene”, referring to the form’s discovery by Buckminster Fuller. The light sequences create exuberant, random compositions of varied speed, color, opacity and scale and ultimately grows into a complex, dynamic form that questions common notions of space, time and sensorial pleasure.

Celestial Communication is a discipline that Elizabeth Rossa has wanted to share with others and her distinctive experience with Villareal’s BUCKYBALL prompted her to respond to it with her own meditative and interactive practice. It is unique as there are no exact movement specifications except for a focus on the upper chakras of the heart (4th), throat (5th), third eye (6th) and crown (7th) to sound, mantra or musical accompaniment. Dance artist Laurie Berg will co-create the special celestial sequencing for this harmonizing practice.

The evening will be complemented by the unique soundscape of DJ/Music Producer James Healy. James will fill Madison Square Park with musical accompaniments specifically composed for this Celestial Communication gathering, adding a dimension of contemplation that only sound can accomplish. A celebration follows with live music by Disorient DJ, Guillaume Clave aka “DJ Horus.”

Celestial Communication is uplifting and perfect for all, including beginners, children and seniors so everyone is welcome to join us!


SHRIYOGA is a laboratory of consciousness and curiosity. Voted “Best Next Generation of Yoga” by New York Magazine in 2005, Shriyoga was much celebrated at its legendary 443 Greenwich Street address. The final tenant in that landmark location through 2009, Shriyoga then evolved into its most sincere form yet: a unique grassroots community of practitioners in an underground space conducive to experimentation within the tradition of yoga.

DISORIENT is an open creative platform powered by love. With diverse members and active projects found throughout the U.S. and internationally, Disorient is a volunteer-run art collective focusing on light, sound, installation, and participatory performance art . Disorient originated as a Burning Man-theme camp which has engaged citizens of Black Rock City since 2001.

MAD. SQ. ART is the free contemporary art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. Since 2004, Mad. Sq. Art has commissioned and presented more than twenty premier installations in Madison Square Park by acclaimed artists ranging in practice and media. Mad. Sq. Art has exhibited works by artists including Bill Beirne, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Mark di Suvero, Bill Fontana, Ernie Gehr, Antony Gormley, Jene Highstein, Tadashi Kawamata, Mel Kendrick, Sol LeWitt, Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Charles Long, Jacco Olivier, Roxy Paine, Jaume Plensa, Shannon Plumb, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Alison Saar, Jessica Stockholder, and William Wegman, among others.

LEO VILLAREAL received a BA in sculpture from Yale University in 1990, and a graduate degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Interactive Telecommunications Program. Villareal’s recent exhibitions include a survey show organized by the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, which continues to tour several museums in the United States. He has completed many site-specific works including Radiant Pathway, Rice University, Houston, Texas; Mulitverse, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Diagonal Grid, Borusan Center for Culture and Arts, Istanbul, Turkey; Stars, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York; and the recently installed Hive, for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at the Bleecker Street subway station in Manhattan.

Among the projects Villareal is currently working on, Bay Lights for the Bay Bridge in San Francisco will spectacularly light the bridge and glisten throughout the city. Villareal is also a focal point of the James Corner Field Operations design team that will renew Chicago’s Navy Pier. He has also been commissioned for installations at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and The Durst Organization in New York City. Villareal’s work is in the permanent collections of prestigious museums including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Leo Villareal is represented by Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York.

ELIZABETH ROSSA is the founder/director of SHRIYOGA. Originally certified to teach hatha yoga by notable masters Erich Schiffman and Max Strom, Elizabeth is as committed to teaching as she is to her on-going mentorships. Her primary influences are the incomparable meditation/tantric philosophy master Sally Kempton and her wildly-intelligent yoga teacher, Richard Freeman from whom she continues to integrate new knowledge. Her credentials also include Richard Freeman’s extraordinary 200 hour month-long Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher intensive and certifications in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and a Reiki Mastership. As a teacher of yoga, meditation and self-inquiry practices, Elizabeth holds space for clarity and freedom to question her authority. She offers a fresh perspective which allows the ancient and esoteric to become modern and real. Students are encouraged to cultivate curiosity as they pause and breathe, deeply listening for the immediate internal cues of Life. Elizabeth is on the faculty of the Open Center, a guest presenter at Kripalu and teaches workshops/retreats worldwide, most recently in Yokohama, Japan at the YogaSpot. Philanthropically, she helped to spearhead the Give Your Yoga benefit for Women For Women International at Urban Zen in 2010. To date, Elizabeth has sponsored two “sisters” in Rwanda, a third in Nigeria, and aims to bring more awareness to this powerful organization which recognizes an inherent unity amongst us all.

LAURIE BERG is a Brooklyn-based artist working in the realms of dance/performance, collage, and jewelry-making. She is currently a 2013 New York Live Arts Studio Series Resident Artist. She makes jewelry under the name anotherbergcreation, and was featured in the Time Out New York 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. She also co-produces events as part of AUNTS.

GUILLAUME CLAVE aka “DJ HORUS” has been part of the international electronic music scene for more than 20 years. After attending and producing events, he became an internationally recognized VJ as Gui”aum”Etrix. As a DJ, he has performed in various countries (including Goa-India, South Africa, Honduras, France, United States) at festivals and private events, such as Burning Man, Vortex, Nano Records’ Earth Dance, and many Disorient events.

JAMES HEALY has been a DJ/Music Producer for over 15 years, under the guises of Escape Art, Natural Sphere, and Open Space. He runs Berlin-based record labels Agriculture, Air Texture, and You Are Hear, as well as San Francisco-based music studio Analogue Analogous with Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum).