The industrial intersection at 4th and Prospect avenues in Gowanus, Brooklyn just got a little bit "greener." The concrete median, which lies near an underpass of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, was recently livened up with a vibrant assemblage of steel sculptures entitled Greenery. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, New York City Department of Transportation's (DOT) Art Program, and Arts Gowanus installed the work, designed by local artist Ruth Hofheimer, as a representation of organic growth in one of the less inspiring sections of the neighborhood. Click through our gallery to explore this uplifting abstraction of nature.
Greenery was just unveiled this week and will be on view until January 2016. Its playful depiction of lush flora is represented by six brightly-colored, cartoon-like plants. Brooklyn-based artist Ruth Hofheimer created the installation to soften its gritty surroundings while instilling a bit of humor and irony, in the sense that the sculptures are made of steel, paint, nuts and bolts, just like the cars whizzing by on 4th Avenue.
Just steps away from the Brooklyn Queens Expressway overpass and situated between an empty lot and a gritty tire repair shop, the area is anything but peaceful. Hofheimer, a Brooklyn native who has created several other public art pieces throughout the Brooklyn area, beamed with happiness after receiving compliments shouted from the cars passing by while she installed the sculptures on the concrete median this Monday.
The $5,000 art installation was sponsored by Arts Gowanus, a nonprofit group that’s been working alongside the city to bring more public art to Brooklyn’s streets throughout the of summer 2015. Hofheimer, DOT and Arts Gowanus settled on this particular location for Greenery, because it is such a bustling and frequented intersection. They hope it brings a few smiles to the faces of passersby.
All images by Laura Mordas-Schenkein