Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Nationality||Canadian and American|
|Education||New York University, B.S., 1969|
|Known for||Environmental Sculpture|
George Trakas is a sculptor who was born in Quebec in 1944 and has lived in New York City since 1963. Many of his projects are site-specific installations, and he describes himself as an environmental sculptor. He often recycles local materials and incorporates them into his work.
Notable recent examples of his work include a waterfront nature walk at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn, New York; another waterfront installation adjacent to the Dia:Beacon museum in Beacon, New York; and public art in the New York City Subway at the Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center station.
Trakas taught sculpture at Yale University for 13 years and has also taught at other schools. He graduated from Sir George Williams University in Montreal and then went on to earn a bachelor's degree in art history at New York University in 1969. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1989, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal for Sculpture in 1996. Emory University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011.
List of works
The following table contains a partial list of works by George Trakas.
|Beacon Point||Beacon, New York||Angling deck, boardwalk, & restored bulkhead in Long Dock Park on a 25-acre peninsula adjacent to Dia:Beacon museum||2007|||
|Shoreline Nature Walkway||Brooklyn, New York||Nature walk adjacent to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant||2007|||
|Hook (Archean Reach), Line (Sea House), and Sinker (Mined Swell)||Brooklyn, New York||Public sculpture inside the Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center station (New York City Subway)||2004|||
|Reconnections||Belmullet, Ireland||Footbridge across a canal in County Mayo. On the North Mayo Sculpture Trail.||1993|||
|Self Passage||Humlebæk, Denmark||Site-specific sculpture leading to a waterside platform, in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art's sculpture park.||1989|||
|Berth Haven||Seattle, Washington||A cedar and steel lakeside deck on the premises of an NOAA facility. Rests on foundations remaining from the site’s prior use as navy airfield.||1983|||
|Route Source||Atlanta, Georgia||Site-specific sculpture in a wooded area of the Emory University campus||1979|||
Beacon Point, view of entire site, looking westward toward Newburgh, NY.
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- "Arts for Transit and Urban Design". Metropolitan Transportaition Authority. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "Art History (newsletter)" (PDF). Emory University Department of Art History. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "George Trakas". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "Award-winning installation artist George Trakas to discuss Hudson River environmental project, Wednesday, April 18, 2007". Vassar College. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Complete works
- "George Trakas at the Water's Edge: Newtown Creek". Urban Omnibus. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "The North Mayo Sculpture Trail". The Western Business Directory. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "Parc naturel régional du Pilat" (PDF) (in French). art 3. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "The Sculpture Park". Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "NOAA Western Service Center Art Walk" (PDF). City of Seattle. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "Soundscapes". building beyond. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "Environmental artist Trakas returns to Emory". Emory University. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "George Trakas "Source Route"". Emory University. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.