Department of Cultural Affairs NYCulture City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs NYCulture City of New York

Percent for Art

   Dina Bursztyn

Paths & Stars, Ceramic Panels, 1995


Paths & Stars

Completion Date:



Ceramic Panels




P.S. 376A


Wilson Avenue, between Harman & Greene Streets, Brooklyn


School Construction Authority

Sponsor Agency:

Board of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority

Paths & Stars consists of thirty-four ceramic panels installed throughout the hallways and various sites on each of the three floors of this school. The panels contain numerous ceramic tiles, each individually constructed and painted by the artist. Many of the images combine mythological and contemporary elements. On each floor, the panels have a unifying theme. Burstzyn states, "On the first floor, there are references to 'Turtle Island' as this land was called by the Native American, to New York's original fauna and flora, to its original and present inhabitants, to subway tracks, to different paths imprinted in space and time. On the second floor 'The Tree Of Life' sprouts many kinds of beings, blending the differences between faces, and masks, between reality and imagination. On the third floor, next to a big window, three full moons lead the way to the constellations and the Milky Way and invite the viewer to consider a hopscotch that jumps into infinity."

About the Artist...
Dina Bursztyn, originally from Argentina, is a New York-based artist and educator. She has executed several public art pieces, including: Cosmic Turtle, sponsored by the Prospect Park Alliance, Telepathic Mailbox commissioned by the Public Art Fund, and Gargoyles to Scare Developers sponsored by the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board. Her sculptures as well as her artist's books and prints are exhibited regularly here and abroad, most recently at Hostos Community College, Ceres Gallery, Center for Book Arts, Art in General, and Ex Gallery (Tokyo, Japan).

Artist Quote...
There is a loose narration that runs through the thirty-four images. On the first floor I wanted to convey a sense of location, memories of Native America crisscrossing present time; on the second floor the tree of life celebrates diversity; and on the third we are in the cosmos, contemplating infinite possibilities. -- Bursztyn, 1996