From August 2018 - July 2019 at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Place
Tanda Francis’ work examines the African presence in public space as a powerful force of beauty and cultural relevance. Inspired by African sculptural tradition, including Ife portraiture, Francis also incorporates Victorian and colonial ornamentation into her work. Adorn Me will address the underrepresentation of this demographic in public artworks, and provide a healing message during a time of heated debate over monuments erected as symbols of oppression and control.
This exhibition was made possible by the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant.
Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant
Introduced in September 2016, the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant builds on Parks’ equity initiatives by bringing regular public art exhibits to parks that have historically lacked cultural programming. The $200,000 grant has been issued to a total of 20 artists over the course of two consecutive years, with $100,000 distributed to 10 artists in 2017, and $100,000 issued to another 10 artists this year. Each chosen artist receives $10,000 to execute their pieces. The first round of winning artists installed their pieces in June 2017, and each was on display for one year
From August 2018 - July 2019 on the hospital fence.
The goal of this project is to celebrate the everyday heroes of New York City — neighborhood by neighborhood. Heroes are residents who have taken it upon themselves to organize for good in the neighborhood.
We pair local photographers to take portraits of the heroes. These portraits are displayed in the neighborhood, and accompanied by writing about the subject’s heroism.
The project aims to:
Highlight the great stories that are already taking place in each neighborhood
Inspire and encourage viewers to take ownership of their community
Give witness the diverse leaders of each neighborhood to unify them together as heroes
By publicly sharing the stories of people who have advocated for the neighborhood for decades, we hope to spark ideas of how new residents can become ‘owners’ and not just ‘renters’ of the neighborhood. By showcasing a diverse roster of heroes, we hope to cross-pollinate and strengthen the good work each is doing. We hope this will also provide the audience a variety of entry points to engage in the good work happening in the neighborhood.
From April 2017 - March 2018 at the southwestern Monument wing in the marble plinth.
Created from broken glass picked up by volunteers, this mosaic depicts a map of Fort Greene Park. Within the topography are drawings and texts submitted by visitors and community members. these glass pieces, once a nuisance, now serve as the artist's pallet to express a communal love for our public space.
About the Artist
Amanda Patenaude blends community, craft and environmental awareness in her work through collaborative installations and upcycling workshops.
One Map of Many Moments is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council.
From June - October 2017 (Myrtle Ave and Washington Park entrance)
Fort Greene Park was one of 10 parks chosen to be an art destination through the UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant. Created by artist Blythe Cain, Circadia will be an interactive luminescent sculpture and seating system made from concrete and glow-in-the-dark sand, which will act as a guide to the park entrance. Resembling a historic building foundation, Circadia will also mimic the park's rolling hills and the natural rhythms found in nature.
About the Artist
Brooklyn artist Blythe Cain graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2005. Woodworking and specialized design techniques, as well as social constructs, earthworks concepts, and theories by the philosopher Michel Foucault are a large part of Blythe's artistic practice and background.
Learn more about the other UNIQLO Parks Expressions grantees on the NYC Parks website.
From June - October 2016 at the Northeast corner of Fort Greene Park (Myrtle Ave and Washington Park entrance)
Developed by artist Juanli Carrion, alongside NYC Parks, Outer Seed Shadow #02 is a living sculpture garden, serving as a centerpiece to articulate public programming that discusses coexistence, immigration, and cultural identity. The project is the product of a series of interviews, each of which represents a specific community’s experience of immigration and finishes with the recommendation of a particular plant to symbolize the group. The video interviews that go with each plant will then be posted to OuterSeedShadow.org. The plants used for the project will be available for public adoption when the exhibit closes
From May - October 2015 at the Northeast corner of Fort Greene Park (Myrtle Ave and Washington Park entrance)
Heart Seat was created by Red Hook-based design studio Stereotank, founded by architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente. “Heart Seat” is a bright red sculptural seat made out of a repurposed water tank and was made to be interacted with.
Heart Seat was originally commissioned for the juried Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, where it greeted thousands of visitors first as a heart-shaped participative installation. It then traveled to DUMBO to welcome visitors to the Pearl Street Triangle.
In its original orientation, the work was a participatory installation in the form of a massive heart glowing to the rhythm of a strong, deep and low frequency heartbeat sound and visitors were encouraged to move around and engage with it by playing various percussion instruments. Now, the once united heart is split in half in order to form innovative public seating.