A new 15-foot-by-25-foot mural adorns the side wall behind Brooklyn Crab, next to the mini-golf course and picnic tables. Inspired by deep sea divers, the pastel pink, blue, yellow and black painting prominently features a giant diving helmet surrounded by abstract splotches of paint and black lines branching out in lines and loops and dots, like broken bits of machinery and air bubbles.
Artist Brad Robson explains the image as “a nice balance of figurative line work with more expressionist, abstract stuff,” all creating a nautical theme to go with Brooklyn Crab’s crab shack atmosphere and waterfront location.
The mural’s title, “Deep Sea Divers,” he said, was triggered by the fact that one of his favorite bands, Something For Kate, has a song by the same name that even mentions Brooklyn in its lyrics.
Blending his Australian rock music influences with his imagination (he has never gone deep sea diving himself) and positive first impressions of Red Hook was natural, said Robson, who hails from Sydney and is in town for a solo exhibit of some of his pieces inside Gallery Brooklyn at 351 Van Brunt Street, which runs from March 30 to April 10.
“This is sort of an ode to Red Hook [after] they went through a lot with Sandy,” he explained. “This is my gift to them.”
For more information about Brad Robson and his artwork, visit www.bradrobson.com.au.