07/08/2012 01:07 pm ET Updated Sep 07, 2012

Socrates Sculpture Park Transformed Illegal Dump Into Cultural Institution (PHOTOS)

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

LONG ISLAND CITY -- When Mark di Suvero, a well-known abstract sculptor, moved his studio to the Hallet's Cove area more than 25 years ago, the waterfront there was being used as an illegal dumping ground.

But for Di Suvero, the industrial wasteland seemed perfect for his large-scale work, involving I-beams and heavy steel. So he decided to clear out the garbage and turn it into an artistic space while trying to engage the community in beautifying the area.