2014 Public Art Installations

Photo by Etienne Frossard

Dahn Vo: We the People

We The People ©James Ewing

A major new dual-site exhibition inspired by the Statue of Liberty, We the People was a copper replica of the statue in 250 parts fabricated over the course of four years using the original techniques and materials. Visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park saw a replica of the draped sleeve of the statue’s arm which holds the golden torch. This colossal, 13-piece section was assembled into three forms and presented alongside the ear of the statue. We the People was on display at the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace through December 6, 2014. Please click here to learn more about Dahn Vo: We the People and the Public Art Fund.

Joan Pamboukes: Where the River Meets the Sky

Where The River Meets The Sky ©Ryan Waddoups

Where the River Meets the Sky was a landscape comprised of images from the popular and infamously violent video game Grand Theft Auto. The site-specific work incorporated images from the virtual East River in GTA’s Liberty City, composed so the actual East River meets the digital version at its shore. As gaming technology develops and “open world” games give players more autonomy in an environment that more faithfully reproduces our own, Pamboukes is interested in the ways this technology affects our humanity. Her work investigates our experience of life via the profusion of false realities provided by video games, where images and narratives we create through play become imbedded within our past and are mingled with personal memories and emotions. Where the River Meets the Sky was on display at Pebble Beach at Main Street.

Erin Hudak: SEE THRU

SEE THRU ©Ryan Waddoups

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

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 included such details as a pivot mounted door with hand-made hinges and several operable windows. Kolonihavehus, 2010 was on display at the end of the Empire Fulton Ferry boardwalk.