2018 Public Art Installations


THE FENCE is an annual collaboration between United Photo Industries, 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. A jury of 75 leading photography and art professionals has selected work by 41 photographers from around the world, which UPI has installed along 1,250 feet of park space. This year’s works spans the categories of Creatures, Home, People, Streets, Nature, Food and Play. Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistently attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, providing them with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities. THE FENCE was on display at Empire Fulton Ferry and along the Greenway until November 2018.

Erwin Wurm’s Hot Dog Bus

©Julienne Schaer

Hot Dog Bus, by artist Erwin Wurm, is a vintage Volkswagen Microbus that has been transformed into a bright yellow, overstuffed food truck from which free hot dogs were served to parkgoers on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer of 2018.

Tauba Auerbach’s Flow Separation

For Flow Separation, Artist Tauba Auerbach has transformed every surface of the historic New York Fireboat John J. Harvey in red-and-white marbled design, creating a contemporary rendition of “dazzle camouflage,” a technique used by the U.S. and U.K. during WWI to confuse enemy ships. 2018 marks one hundred years since the end of World War 1, and Flow Separation artfully threads together notions of innovation, technology and abstraction, while also inviting visitors to remember the devastating war. Flow Separation was docked at Pier 6 from July through early August.

Oliver Jeffers’ Here You Are

Here You Are is a reminder to keep things simple, and remember the basics. Starting with where you are. The nearly fluorescent landmark will provide visitors to the park with a jewel toned sky using the constellations as an old-fashioned guide map. Instructed that this is, ‘How to Find Your Way if You are Lost’, we are anchored due west and provided a compass, thus gaining our bearings in the bustling ethos of New York City, an unlikely moment in our -sometimes confusing - boroughs. On the other side a bold arrow points to an open space begging you to claim your spot. Everyone needs to be somewhere, and Here You Are. Here You Are was on display at Pier 1.