Photo by Etienne Frossard

Public Art

Admire the innovative and memorable art woven into the natural landscape of the park. From sculptures to freestanding installations, new work is introduced every year, so there’s always a reason to come back.

Mary Mattingly: Swale

©:Mary Mattingly

Created by artist Mary Mattingly, Swale is both an evolving sculpture and a functioning farm producing healthy food. Built from recycled materials and set atop a 130x40 foot barge, Swale was created with two goals in mind: to highlight the function of food as a public resource in cities and to show that recycled materials can be made into productive and aesthetically pleasing structures. Visitors to Swale will see persimmon, bok choy, yucca, onion, tomatillos, herbs and other perennial fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants. Water to nourish the plants is taken directly from the East River and filtered through slow sand and activated carbon filters. Rainwater is collected from the rooftop of the Biome Arts Greenhouse Theater, a pavilion on the barge that serves as a performance space, activist meeting area, and artist gallery. Partnering with local schools and organizations, Swale will host a variety of interactive programs and events, which you can see here.

Swale will be open Thursday to Sunday 11am – 6pm until October 14. Groups may visit at different times by appointment. To schedule an appointment for your group, email amandamcdc@gmail.com.

Martin Creed: Understanding

©Jason Wyche

One of Great Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Martin Creed works in a wide array of media, making use of existing materials and situations to question the definition of art with a playful approach to conceptual minimalism. Creed’s Understanding, presented by Public Art Fund, features a 25-foot-tall rotating red neon sculpture commissioned specifically for BBP’s Pier 6. Defined by red neon lights, the word ‘understanding’ is formed from individual steel letters and supported by an industrial I-beam mounted to a post and rotating on a central axis. The beam spins at varying speeds, the rhythm determined by a computerized program designed by Creed. The post stands in the center of a stepped base reminiscent of a ziggurat that will act as seating for park visitors. The work, Creed’s largest public sculpture to date, will be highly visible from Pier 6—a luminous sign with a clear and poignant message—while visually interacting with the City’s well-known skyline.

Understanding will be on display until October 23, 2016.

Mustafah Abdulaziz: Water Stories

Since 2011, American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has travelled the world for his long-term photographic project on water. This summer, he focused on New York’s waterways and water challenges. The resulting work is displayed in Water Stories, an open­‐air solo lightbox exhibition, alongside images from Brazil, China, India, Pakistan and Nigeria as part of Photoville in BBP. The project is a collaboration with Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF, and is supported by the HSBC Water Programme.

Water Stories will be on display in Empire Fulton Ferry until October 12, 2016.

Deborah Kass: OY/YO

©Etienne Frossard

Acclaimed artist Deborah Kass’ monumental sculpture OY/YO, commissioned by Two Trees Management Co., walks the line between respectful homage and brazen appropriation. Sourced from urban and Brooklyn slang, the statement “I am” in Spanish, and the popular Yiddish expression, OY/YO has been a significant and reoccurring motif in Kass’ work, taking form in paintings, prints, and tabletop sculptures. Set alongside the iconic bridges of Brooklyn’s waterfront and visible to viewers from Manhattan, BBP’s Main Street lawn is an apt location for a monumental installation of OY/YO. Similar to the City of New York’s “Leaving Brooklyn: Oy Vey!” sign at the Williamsburg Bridge and the “Leaving Brooklyn: Fuhgeddaboudit” sign on the BQE, OY/YO references Brooklyn’s ethnic communities with whimsy and warmth.

OY/YO will be on display until September 28, 2016.

THE FENCE

©UPI

THE FENCE is an annual collaboration between United Photo Industries, Photo District News (PDN), Brooklyn Bridge Park, and many more organizations that join forces to curate and produce this unique exhibition aimed at fostering conversations and exploring new thematic directions in photography. This year, a jury of 45 leading photography and art professionals selected work by 40 photographers to be featured, all touching on the common theme of community. Their selections will be seen by an audience of over 3 million people in five locations across the country. At BBP, THE FENCE is presented in a number of segments installed throughout the Park- make sure to see them all!

Tom Fruin: Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll

©Julienne Schaer

Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll, by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, sits atop 334 Furman and lights up the sky around Pier 5. Part of his ICON series, Fruin composed Watertower 3 from roughly one thousand salvaged scraps of acrylic, echoing the ethos of BBP’s dedication to sustainability. His vibrant acrylic panels, referencing earlier pieces such as Kolonihavehus, 2010 on display at Empire Fulton Ferry, become vibrantly illuminated by the sun during the day and solar-powered lights at night. This beacon of light is a tribute to the iconic New York watertower and is visible from numerous vantage points in and around BBP, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and New York Harbor.

Art in DUMBO

In addition to public art in BBP, DUMBO offers a wealth of art for everyone to enjoy. From murals to installations to gallery shows, there’s something for everyone right here in the neighborhood. To see complete listings of public art, galleries, and events, visit ArtInDUMBO.com.

Into the Wild, Brooklyn

Created in cooperation with the NYCDOT’s Arterventions program, the Atlantic Avenue BID, Investors Bank, and Avery Hall Investments, this mural at the Atlantic Avenue Gateway at Pier 6 enhances the Gateway’s attraction as a major pedestrian thoroughfare connecting Atlantic Avenue and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn-based artist Nelson Rivas (aka Cekis) designed the mural, titled Into the Wild, Brooklyn, with elements that reference the East River, waterfront shipping sheds, and local plant life. Cekis has exhibited worldwide and collaborated with the Bronx Museum, NYU Bronfman Center Gallery, Itinerrace Gallery France and more.

Public Art Archive

To learn more about about our previous art installations, please click on the pages below:

2008 2009 2010 2011
2012 2013 2014 2015
2016

Public Art Permits

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