Brooklyn Bridge Park's Partnership with the Queens Museum of Art
March 16, 2012, Update
After carefully reviewing detailed site-plans, Radii Inc. has successfully hand-crafted a scaled model of the fully built-out Brooklyn Bridge Park. As of March 1st, 2012, Radii Inc. demolished the decrepit industrial sheds of this waterfront site and installed Brooklyn Bridge Park ino the awe-inspiring Panorama of the City of New York, located in the Queen's Museum of Art. Be sure to check-out the new addition to this iconic New York masterpiece.
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February 8, 2011
New park construction is underway once again, however, this time it’s on a miniature scale! Working in partnership with the Queens Museum of Art, Brooklyn Bridge Park has retained Radii Inc., a model making firm in Hoboken, NJ, to update the awe-inspiring Panorama of the City of New York. Built by the legendary NYC City Planner Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, The Panorama is an iconic tribute to the built environment of NYC. The 9,335 sq. ft. architectural model, housed in the Queens Museum of Art, includes every building constructed before 1992, a total of 895,000 individual structures!
Until 1970 all of the changes in the model were recreated by Lester Associates. With a thirty-two year intermission, the next major update was 1992, when Lester Associates changed over 60,000 structures to reflect the dynamic and rapid changes of this global city. To ensure the model is kept up to date, the Queens Museum launched its Adopt-A-Building program in 2009 to fund the ongoing care and maintenance of this remarkable resource.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is now working with The Queens Museum and Radii to transform the model’s blank industrial canvas into a thriving waterfront park based on drawings provided by Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates. The photo gallery below depicts the Radii team beginning the first step in the model’s transformation.
Visited by thousands of school children and museum goers every year, The Panorama serves as an incredible educational tool about the unique characteristics and history of New York City. This culturally rich asset will educate and inform people about the significance of waterfront parks in NYC and the unique history and features of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Work is now underway on the model and is expected to be complete and installed by the end of February 2012. Check back with us in a few weeks for an update on the model’s progress, we’ll keep you posted on this exciting initiative!