Our first stop in DUMBO was a photography exhibition by seven different artists called Personal Mythologies which had been mounted on a fence surrounding a construction site under the Manhattan Bridge.
All of the work is excellent, but I thought this work by Klaus Enrique of a human head rendered in fruit and vegetables particularly clever.
|Artist: Klaus Enrique|
Elsewhere, in DUMBO, huge murals enliven once dreary walls, especially those in underpasses. Our walk took us through the Pearl Street Underpass and past this work by Faith47:
Our next stop was the MetroTech Center. According to Wikipedia it is the nation's largest urban academic-industrial research park. Despite being very modern and predominately glass and concrete, the area has a pleasant feel to it. There is no traffic to worry about as the area is a pedestrian zone and includes the MetroTech Commons, a private plaza which is open to the public and also used for events such as concerts, fairs and art exhibits.
The plaza is host to some permanent exhibits. This one by Tom Otterness was a big attraction:
|By Tom Otterness|
At one point we thought someone had lost their guide dog. Closer inspection revealed it was also actually a statue!
From the MetroTech Center we headed south along Flatbush Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares in Brooklyn, until the junction with Atlantic Avenue, at which point it was time to turn westwards back towards the East River. Atlantic Avenue seemed to be lined with one enticing restaurant after another - I think I need to go back and check some of them out. If I hadn't been with a group, I would have definitely taken a closer look at this one:
Further on down the road, another underpass has been given a face-lift, this time by Groundswell, a collaborative community art group which uses art to encourage social change.
Atlantic Avenue ends at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, a 1.3 mile waterfront park which runs along the East River shoreline. Work is still ongoing in turning once derelict piers into a huge recreational area, but it is already a very pleasant place to walk, offering wonderful views of Manhattan.
And if you need to take a rest from all the exertion, there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view:
Or a maze of mirrors for a little fun:
The path through the park leads back to the Brooklyn Bridge, but not before passing a 1922 fireboat house which now houses the Brooklyn Ice-cream Factory.
It seemed as if I was the only one of the group who'd never heard of it before - so, of course, I had to sample their product. Needless to say, I wasn't the only one who indulged. It was very good ice-cream, if a little on the large side! Still, we needed to fortify ourselves for the walk back over the bridge to Manhattan.
|view from the bridge|