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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.

Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art

Credit: James Ewing

Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s parkwide installation, Please Touch the Art, presented by Public Art Fund, features 18 playful sculptures designed specifically for public interaction. Jeppe, now based in Berlin and Copenhagen, studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Stadelschule in Frankfurt. His works have appeared all over the world. This exhibition includes three distinct bodies of work: Appearing Rooms, a series of “rooms” formed out of jets of water that appear and disappear throughout the day; a large Mirror Labyrinth, featuring evenly-spaced vertical elements of varying heights made from mirror-polished stainless steel that multiply the surrounding landscape; and 16 Modified Social Benches that upend the idea of a traditional park bench with their unconventional angled, curved, twisted, and bent forms.

Bring along this print-at-home scavenger hunt to mark off which pieces you’ve seen. Can you find 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.

Tom Fruin and CoreAct: Kolonihavehus, 2010

Kolonihavehus, 2010

Part of his internationally recognized Icon series, Tom Fruin created Kolonihavehus, 2010, a garden house inspired by Copenhagen’s ubiquitous kolonihavehus sheds that sheltered state workers from cramped living conditions in the city. Fruin, who often works with reclaimed and discarded materials, composed Kolonihavehus from roughly one thousand locally-sourced scraps of colorful salvaged Plexiglas. It includes such details as a pivot mounted door with hand-made hinges and several operable windows. Kolonihavehus, 2010 is currently on display at the end of the Empire Fulton Ferry boardwalk.

THE FENCE

THE FENCE is a collaboration between United Photo Industries, Photo District News (PDN), Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Flash Forward Festival, and Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) as they join forces to curate and produce this unique site-specific exhibition aimed at fostering conversations and exploring new thematic directions in photography. Armed with the task of curating such a large, public exhibition, UPI assembles a jury of more than 30 highly-respected photography professionals from around the world, who offer their time, energy and years of experience to curate this monumental outdoor exhibition – presenting the work of 40 talented photographers from around the world to a combined audience of over 1.5 million visitors each summer.

Erin Hudak: SEE THRU

SEE THRU ©Ryan Waddoups

Erin Hudak’s SEE THRU is a mirror text installation that is both playful and pensive. It reflects the viewers passing by, as well as the surrounding buildings, combining them into one experience. Playing on the changes in the area, the installation highlights the structural elements at this intersection, both old and new. SEE THRU examines our perception of one another and our surroundings, seeing through both. SEE THRU is currently on display at the edge of Main Street Park at the intersection of Plymouth and Adams Streets under the Manhattan Bridge.

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

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