The DUMBO Improvement District has teamed up with Two Trees Management to bring art to the blank brick walls underneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Called "DUMBO Walls", the installation brings eight world-renowned artists to the Kingsborough, transforming disused space into an outdoor gallery. The murals, which were backed by NYCDOT Arterventions, enliven a four block stretch under the BQE.
Artists CAM, MOMO, Stefan Sagmesiter, Yuko Shizimu, Shepard Fairey, Eltono, and Faith 47 added their signature styles to the walls with colorful, semi-permanent murals. Visitors can marvel at the outdoor art exhibition, which traverses the walkway near the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Each of the eight murals signify the debut of the DUMBO Walls project, which hopes to transform other areas in DUMBO into an open air exhibition space.
The mural project was privately funded by the DUMBO Improvement District and Two Trees Management company as a means to give back to the community, and encourage participation, community pride, as well as community clean up in the alleys and areas surrounding the colorful murals.
The murals coincide with another project that invites locals and New Yorkers to the area, the Electric Summer Block Party. The party also infuses the DUMBO area with art, inviting several artists to live paint before the gathered crowd, while celebrating the local culture and beauty of the streets of DUMBO.