ROOSEVELT ISLAND SHUTTLE
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Roosevelt Island Shuttle, 1998
20' x 35' x 8'
Bungee Cord, Chair, Skis, Steel & Wood Construction

Robert Hickman's Roosevelt Island Shuttle represents a unique transportation system capable of shooting someone across the East River to Manhattan. Aimed at the Mayor's House, it could also be viewed as a slingshot for the David versus Goliath struggle to officially incorporate Socrates Sculpture Park into the city parks system.

The enormous sculpture was modeled after Coney Island's Cyclone. Anybody could sit in the chair to feel it's terrifying potential. Kept heavily locked, the sculpture was completely functional.

Roosevelt Island Shuttle was reviewed in numerous publications including a photo on Arts section page 1 in the New York Times with a review by Ken Johnson. It was prominently featured in the Socrates Sculpture Park book, published by Yale University press.

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Roosevelt Island Shuttle
Roosevelt Island Shuttle
Roosevelt Island Shuttle
JOHNSON, KEN
Review
New York Times,
Friday August 13, 1999,
Arts Sec. p.1.
YEE, MARILYNN K.
Photo
New York Times,
Tuesday April 20, 1999,
Metro Sec. p. B3.
‘Escape Velocity', 1998
Socrates Sculpture Park
Long Island City, NY.
Six Sculptors’, 1999
Long Island University
Brooklyn , NY.
All That Is Solid’, 1999
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