This July, a herd of snacking goats could come to pave the way for a new 100,000-square-foot, 12-story residential building in DUMBO, Brooklyn. New York artist Andrea Reynosa recently announced her tentative plans to bring in the hungry bunch to munch on clovers and clear out the 6,000-square-foot plot located at 1 John Street. After the billies and does have had their fill, the area will be clear for construction on a 42-condo development set to begin later this summer.
While it will be sad to see the John Street Pasture go away, it’s all part of Reynosa’s plan to bring new life to the area before construction on the new building begins. The artist partnered with the Smack Mellon art gallery to create the living art installation. Earlier this March, the urban farmers of the Navy Yard’s Brooklyn Grange helped plant crimson clover seeds, which have since bloomed in the pasture (which is currently open to the public).
“The result is very simple and sparks a conversation about land use and sustainable agriculture in a transitioning city,” Reynosa said in an interview with DNAinfo.
Moving towards the warmer days of summer, the green patch will turn red bringing some much needed color to the DUMBO area. Along with looking pretty, the clovers also nitrogenize the soil. But the enriched earth won’t just be thrown out. Instead, it will be used as part of the new parkland coming to John and Main Streets.