Photograph: Courtesy NYC ParksEdward Gormley, Victory, 2013. Rat traps
Photograph: Courtesy NYC ParksFrank Gessner, Untitled, 2013. Mounted paper mache, molded polyurethane
Photograph: Courtesy NYC ParksShira Toren, Rainbow Wreath, 2013. Wall anchors, wire caps, electrical cord
Photograph: Courtesy NYC ParksRita Coelho, Untitled, 2013. Recycled plastic bags, mirror
The “Wreath Interpretations” exhibit flips the traditional Christmas garland on its head, and puts your homemade attempts at holiday decorations to shame (but it’s really about the thought, right?). For the 31st show, more than 45 artists, horticulturists, and designers crafted ornaments out of neckties, acorns and other unusual materials; check out hoops made from electrical cord, recycled plastic bags and even wooden rattraps. That last one might seem at odds with the season’s ethos of peace and goodwill, but we’re pretty sure it’s actually a yuletide reference to Clara and the Nutcracker whipping the Mouse King’s butt.