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  • Fundraiser to launch Quark Park's opening
    By: Hilary Parker, Staff Writer 09/05/2006
    Staff photo by Frank Wojciechowski
    A few cornstalks were blown down, but Quark Park's sculptures and displays otherwise survived the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto over the weekend.
    Scientists, architects and landscapers merge science and art

       Quarks are tiny and theoretical — postulated to be infinitesimal bits of matter that comprise more familiar subatomic particles, like protons and neutrons.
       Quark Park is large and quite literal — as of an "Enchanted Evening" opening fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday to welcome the community to the sculpture garden where science and art merge.
       The interdisciplinary teams — such as one including Institute for Advanced Study Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), paired with KSS architect Allan Kehrt, Doerler Landscaping's Dan Burke and Yedlin Construction's Charlie Yedlin — bring together individuals with diverse interests and expertise.
       The teams will be at their Quark Park installations, located off Paul Robeson Place in the lot behind the Hulfish Street parking garage, from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday to talk with community members about their creations. Cocktails and hors d'ouevres provided by Mediterra restaurant will be available throughout the evening, along with a selection of fine wines, music and dancing.
       Tickets to the adults-only event are available for $80 in advance or $100 at the door. The rain date is Sept. 15.
       "I hope people will take away a feeling of astonishment at the extraordinary talents that exist right here in the Princeton community," said Kevin Wilkes, creator of Quark Park along with Alan Goodheart and Peter Soderman. "That's really one of the amazing scientific proofs of our garden — it's an empirical proof that the Princeton area is incredibly rich with talent all across the board."
       Both the celebration and the entire Quark Park endeavor were made possible by the generosity of many community members and organizations, event co-chair Gretchen Christie said. Along with the teams that donated their time and talent, she lauded Palmer Square Management for the donation of the park space, as well as Mediterra.
       Future events — which may include movie screenings, an ergometer rowing competition and performances — will be held at the garden, open through Thanksgiving.
       Anyone wishing to purchase tickets to the "Enchanted Evening" should call Ms. Christie at (609) 924-5055.

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