Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. “Strange Bird” (1945, cast 1971), bronze, Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the first Japanese garden in an American public garden. This garden was one of the first speciality gardens designed for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and to commemorate this historic event, the the Garden is celebrating with a unique and temporary Isamu Noguchi exhibition, in partnership with the Noguchi Museum. The 18 Noguchi sculptures picked for the exhibit are meant “to appear to have materialized through some extraordinary natural process,” keeping in tradition with the Garden’s philosophy of scientific inquiry and aesthetic display.
“El Barrio Comes in All Colors, Shapes and Sizes” by Rica Takashima. Photo via flowartnyc.org
Fall is in the air and with it, an entirely different backdrop to New York City’s art installations. Some of these installations will be leaving in early October, others will be here through the fall and beyond. The below takes us from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to City College, indoors and out. Here are 11 exhibits and installations not to miss.
As a design element, arrows are both compelling and open to a variety of interpretations. They could mean that you know where you’re going. They could mean that you don’t know where you’re going. You are a weapon, or a direction. You might feel a spiritual connection between yourself and an object propelled at high speed until it hits a target. Maybe you’re into archery, or maybe you feel attacked and wish to shield yourself. They seem to be a popular element in branding designs from the past five years or so, so you could also just be a designer who is stuck in hipster logo go-to aesthetics.
It’s pretty rare to find a nice sandy beach, particularly in Manhattan. In Swindler’s Cove in Inwood, a waterfront area typically bound by hard, concrete edges, there is one spot where you can put your bare feet into the sand and listen to the gentle lapping of waves. Swindler’s Cove and Sherman Creek Park was part of a New York Restoration Project (NYRR) initiative to reclaim the waterfront and revitalize the city’s public spaces.
If you needed more evidence that Red Hook is quietly becoming the alternative to an over-run Williamsburg waterfront, apart from the street art, low key but trendy restaurants, indie bookstores, avant garde art scene, and cool real estate, just ask the two hundred or so people who turned up at Valentino Pier for the Red Hook Regatta, a 3D-printed boat race on Sunday, run by the Red Hook Initiative and Pioneer Works as part of the Red Hook Digital Stewards program, a year-long training fellowship for young adults in the neighborhood.
At Untapped Cities, with our mantra “Rediscover your city,” we have long espoused the idea that you can be a tourist in your own city. In partnership with Expedia.com, we’ve put together a guide to the fun facts about Brooklyn landmarks that even many New Yorkers do not know. If you want to surprise your friends, impress visitors, and drum up your NYC-street cred, this is your indispensable guide.