A parting thought from this patriotic weekend: an American flag made by Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas as part of his Brick Farm series (2013) and now his Rockaway! festival installation at Fort Tilden. A subtle sentiment, nestled in nature, steps away from the surf. A moment easily missed amid sandy play.
Working in concrete and clay, Rojas wants his sculptures to deteriorate, as his High Line installation did. “The material is breathing,” he has said. This fragility makes his planted flag all the more profound: the flag will crumble into the coastline, like the coastline. All the more reason to appreciate it now.