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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.

Anish Kapoor: Descension

Descension ©James Ewing

World renowned artist Anish Kapoor’s Descension comes to New York for the first time as part of Public Art Fund’s 40th Anniversary season. Kapoor, known for sculptures like Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park, previously installed Descension at India’s Kochi-Muziris biennale in 2014 and at Versailles in 2015. Descension creates a negative space alive with energy, continuously in process, that invites audiences to peer into its depths. Through Descension, Kapoor blurs the boundaries between nature, landscape, and art, allowing us to perceive space differently.

Descension is on view now at Pier 1’s Bridge View Lawn until September 10. Open 9:00am-9:00pm daily except during inclement weather. Learn more here.

Sing For Hope Pianos

Sing for Hope, a New York City-based non-profit, will place 60 beautifully painted pianos in parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs this June. After their time being played and appreciated by the public, they’ll find homes in NYC public schools, where they will continue to support arts and music exposure among the city’s budding artists. This year, Sing For Hope brings two of its pianos to BBP- Toons Tuned by Jose Baez at Pier 6 and Lily Pond by Victoria Wrubel at Pier 1!

Sing For Hope Pianos are open dawn to dusk daily, weather permitting, until June 25.

Mary Mattingly: Swale

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. Rainwater is collected to nourish the plants, as is water from the East River, which is filtered through slow sand and activated carbon filters.

Find Swale at Pier 6 until June 29. See Swale’s website for hours and more info.

Keith Ellenbogen: Underwater Wildlife New York

Underwater Wildlife New York is a project of renowned underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen and Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, presented by Uncommon Productions. This exhibition takes visitors on a visual journey beneath the waves from Montauk, NY to Cape May, NJ through coastal and ocean waters that support a stunning array of marine wildlife and habitats. The first-of-a-kind images of Underwater Wildlife New York highlight the surprising diversity and splendor of New York’s local marine species and reveal what they need to thrive.

Underwater Wildlife New York is on view now at Empire Fulton Ferry until June 26.

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.

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