A Life in Art

Five Years Ago, The Blue Dragon Found A Happy Home On Roosevelt Island

Gustav and Ulla Kraitz, Swedish Sculptors with RIVAA President Tad Sudol and Arline Jacoby

Flashback: On April 26, 2016, TheBlue Dragon, a children’s sculpture donated to Roosevelt Island by Swedish artists Gustav and Ulla Kraitz was unveiled in its new and permanent home along the East River in Southpoint Park. It looks across the water to the United Nations and Kraitz’s Hope, created in honor of Swedish humanitarian hero Raoul Wallenberg.

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The gift to Roosevelt Island resulted from a joint effort between the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association, RIOC and the Residents’ Association and was guided through the process by Island resident Elisabeth Stapen and RIVAA president Tad Sudol.

Blue Dragon waiting to be unveiled.
Island Resident Eva Bosbach, Roosevelt Island Parents’ Network Founder, with Council Member Ben Kallos
RIOC Acting President/CEO Susan Rosenthal (Center) with Fernando Vargas and Jessica Murray
Susan Rosenthal and guests watch as children take possession of the Green Dragon
Gustav and Ulla Kraitz at the unveiling ceremony.
Roosevelt Island children take ownership of the Blue Dragon
Susan Rosenthal and Ben Kallos help Gustav and Ulla Kraitz unveil Blue Dragon
Island children discover what a children’s statue is: fun!
Blue Dragon unveiled, everyone gathers to appreciate the triumph for Roosevelt Island.

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