February 16th, 2019
And a lot more on display in Brooklyn Museum.
Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving was ongoing, a collection of her clothing, jewelry, and other personal possessions like her corsets and prosthetics (themselves works of art), which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. Photography was strictly prohibited and all I managed was a couple of sneak pics. But, as is always the case in a museum, a whole world of other treasures is waiting to be discovered, photographed, and shared.
February 16th, 2019
The Dancing Cranes and Disappearing Act you saw yesterday and the day before, are some of the historic features that render a walk along the Domino Park all the more fun.
The 80-foot tall Gantry Cranes were used to unload bulk sugarcane from freight ships for storage at the Raw Sugar Warehouse, 21 columns of which stand in their original place along the Elevated Walkway (not pictured).
The bridge with the misters performing the Disappearing Act, stands in front of the Syrup Tanks, four of the fourteen large-scale tanks that were used to collect high volumes of liquid sweetener generated in sugar processing, dating back to the 1950s.
And the magnificent industrial brick giant you see below is none other than the Domino Sugar Refinery, closed in 2004 after 150 years production of the white sweet crystals we now love to hate. The entire building is undergoing renovation, with the facade being preserved in its entirety and the interior converted into ”creative office space”.
The Domino Park website shows many of the park’s features today next to black & white photos of their original use accompanied by historical notes, from where the following excerpt:
“Because of its ease of access by larger shipping vessels, Frederick C Havemeyer Jr. selected this area in 1856 to establish the F. C. Havemeyer & Company refinery, which would eventually become known as the Domino Sugar Refinery. At its peak in 1919, the Domino Sugar Refinery employed approximately 4,500 workers from a wide range of backgrounds and ethnicities.
Immigrants from Germany, Poland, Ireland and other European countries — and in its later years — Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and other people of Caribbean descent as well as African Americans all endured difficult working conditions at the Refinery in search of opportunity and prosperity. While the Refinery figured prominently in the explosive growth of Williamsburg’s industry and economy, it is the diversity of community surrounding this site that has become its lasting legacy.”
”Spanning a collection of historic timber piles, one look underneath the bridge reveals that most of Domino Park is actually situated over water, on a pier once supported by nearly 1,200 of these wood piles. A set of misters surrounding the bridge emit a gentle cloud of fog that envelop passersby in the shoreline’s wind patterns.” [@DominoPark]
PS: The fog is lit up at night.
August 21st, 2018
A/D/O is a space set up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for the local creative community. It takes its name from the Amalgamated Drawing Office, a team led by Sir Alec Issigonis that built the very first MINI in 1959.
Spirit of the City was a modular system of revolving mirrored columns set on a grid configuration.
The installation ”explored the physical and emotional response that individuals experience when navigating urban environments” i.e. offered infinite instagrammable moments to a young hip crowd.
By United Visual Artists.
A/D/O and environs – a walk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
August 21st, 2018
A master manipulator of architecture and perspective, creator of geometric paradoxes, aka M.C. Escher.
”The crucial turning point in Escher’s artistic development was his second trip to Southern Spain in 1936. There, he visited famous Moorish architectural landmarks, such as the Alhambra Palace in Granada and the Mezquita in Cordoba. These visits inspired him to methodically study the patterns that 14th-century artisans used to decorate the walls and the arches of the Moorish monuments. He then developed a passion for tessellation: geometric decoration in which triangles, stars or squares are repeated like tiles to cover a plane without leaving any gaps. He meticulously produced 137 watercolours showing different motifs of tessellation in an exercise book. These motifs represented 17 different ways of filling a flat surface with regular patterns and included a study of various colouring possibilities.”
From ”Escher: The Exhibition and Experience” – a travelling exhibition that ran in Industry City from June 2018 February 2019.
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