4. Nicholas Galanin: In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Land sculpture by Nicholas Galanin at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Nicholas Galanin, In-Porcces Image of In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra, 2023 at 4th State Metals, NY, Corten steel, Courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery. Photo by Asya Gorovits, courtesy Public Art Fund

In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra is a monumental, 30-foot tall corten steel sculpture by multi-disciplinary artist Nicholas Galanin. Now on view in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the piece is Galanin’s first public artwork in New York City. The towering sculpture spells out the word “LAND” using materials that are identical to those that make up the US/Mexico border wall. The word is presented in the style of Robert Indiana’s 1966 sculpture, LOVE

The piece comments on the legacy of colonization, its impact on migration, and our relationships with Land across generations, cultures, and communities. Inspired by his own Indigenous heritage and the style of Pop Art, Galanin’s work serves as a call to action to reflect on our impact on the lands we travel. Presented by the Public Art Fund, the sculpture will be on view from May 16 through November 12, 2023, in Brooklyn Bridge Park.