The Brooklyn Navy Yard has installed more than 150 large-scale photos of artwork and manufactured furniture along its fence on Flushing Avenue.
The half-mile pop-up photo exhibit showcases the innovators, artists, designers and manufacturers who call the Yard their home, showcasing their original creations, from handcrafted furniture to the most advanced technologies. The selected panels also include historical information that highlights the site’s centuries-old heritage of invention.
The installation will be on view until December 2021 and complements the site-specific public artwork installed inside Buildings 92 and 77 earlier this year. The construction can be seen on Flushing Avenue from Elliot Place near the Wegmans grocery store to Building 77 on Vanderbilt Avenue.
The exhibit features 15 different variations of the “We Are” theme, with each panel showcasing eight to fifteen artists or creative companies with photographs depicting the art, crafts and skilled production that take place every day at the site. 300 acres of the Yard. With over 500 companies ranging from manufacturing and technology to biomedical sciences and fine arts, the focal point of the exhibit is the Yard’s wide array of innovations across multiple industries.
“The Navy Yard has long been a hub of innovation and this new show captures that creative spirit our tenants are known for,” said Johanna Greenbaum, director of development for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. “The centuries-old history of invention and the Yard industry lives on through many entrepreneurial and creative Brooklynians who work and create on our campus, many of whom bridge traditional techniques and digital methods. highlights their efforts and we are delighted to showcase the diverse talents here at Yard with the world around us. ”
Many signs feature “New York firsts,” such as the first distillery since the ban – Kings County Distillery, the first fully operational rooftop farm – Brooklyn Grange, and the first autonomous vehicles – Optimus Ride. Others hark back to tradition, showing how the history of shipwright woodworking continues to thrive in Wallabout Bay through furniture makers and other businesses.
The worksite’s efforts to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic also occupy an important place. Collectively, dozens of companies on site have produced more than 10,000,000 items of PPE, including 6.8 million face masks and 2.7 million face shields. The section draws comparisons between the coronavirus response and the site’s legacy of national wartime crisis response as a federal shipyard.
Other themes explored in the exhibit include:
· The sustainability work of the Yard’s ecological design and architecture firms as well as the most avant-garde and sustainable solutions developed by the Yard companies;
· Technological advances that took shape at the Yard, including space suits, the Velox robot, state-of-the-art sports helmets and charging stations for electric cars;
· Art made at the Yard, highlighting a range of works ranging from painting and sculpture to design and photography;
· The innovators who make up the Yard community and the Yard companies dedicated to the development of the industrial workforce of tomorrow.
Building 77 is easily accessible by the New York Ferry and has an array of food and beverage providers on the ground floor, including Brooklyn’s only Russ & Daughters location as well as several other restaurants such as The Food Sermon, Sabor Restaurant & Bakery, Pizza Yard, Fraiche and Transmitter Brewing.
Visitors are invited to explore the “Art & Object Walk” on their own or join the Yard for upcoming programs:
Outdoor public reception | Thursday September 16
Public art tour | Sunday September 26
Guided tour by the curator | saturday 9 october