Photo by Etienne Frossard

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.


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 is on display now at Empire Fulton Ferry and along the Greenway.

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 will be served to parkgoers on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer in the Park.

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.

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

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.

Public Art Archive

To learn more about about our previous art installations, please click on the pages below:

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