Photo by James Ewing

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.

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 through August 2016.

Community Boatbuilding at 99 Plymouth

The experienced boatbuilders of the Village Community Boathouse will lead volunteers in constructing a 14-foot-long Whitehall rowboat in the Community Room at 99 Plymouth. Named after the Lower Manhattan street that now ends at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Whitehalls were the water taxis of their day, speedily ferrying passengers across the East River and to and from ships at anchor in the harbor. The shape and dimensions of this boat are drawn from a Whitehall built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1890.

Regular boatbuilding sessions will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and on Saturdays from 9am to noon until May 22. Spectators are more than welcome and volunteers encouraged to join; no experience is necessary. For more information or to sign up, email info@villagecommunityboathouse.org or click here.

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.

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

Public Art Permits

Interested in displaying your art in the park? Please click here to read the guidelines and submit an application.

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