Drawing in the streets!
Pacific Park Brooklyn, a new 22-acre development on the rise near the Barclays Center, will serve as a blank canvas for local artists this month as Pacific Park Arts—a collaboration of 10 local artists working on a public mural on Dean Street—kicks off.
The project, spearheaded by Greenland Forest City Partners (GFCP)—a joint venture between Greenland USA and Forest City Ratner Companies—will enlist the help of these Brooklyn artists, with Mike Perry, a Crown Heights-based multimedia artist popular for his colorful illustrations featured on Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” serving as “artist-in-chief,” to showcase Pacific Park’s commitment to public art.
“Greenland Forest City Partners is committed to the aesthetic and design of our properties, which seamlessly translates into a commitment to public art,” said David Berliner, chief operating officer of Forest City Ratner Companies. “We felt there was no better way to showcase the talent of local artists than to invite the entire community to watch them create and enliven this pocket of Brooklyn with their creativity.”
“Brooklyn’s artists have inspired legions of followers with their singular, relentless commitment to innovation and creative integrity,” said Perry, whose work has been featured in GQ Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine. “This project will both inspire and inform artists, art lovers, Brooklyn-philes and pop culture enthusiasts of all stripes.”
The painting of the 820 foot-long construction fence between Vanderbilt and Carlton Avenues will begin on Saturday, August 15 and will bring with it a celebration to boot. The block-party style day will feature all 10 artists painting, complimentary scoops of Ample Hills Creamery ice cream sponsored by TerraCRG, a Do-It-Yourself Photo Booth run by Dean Street Studios, summer snacks and drinks from Woodwork, a drinks special at neighborhood bar and restaurant Dean Street, hotdogs from Caldwell’s Franks Links and Drinks, grilled cheese from Morris, and more.
“The borough of Brooklyn is synonymous with culture, creativity and innovation,” said Ifei Chang of Greenland Forest City Partners. “We are thrilled to bring Mike Perry and the Pacific Park arts collaboration to Pacific Park Brooklyn. As progress continues on our project, Mike and other local artists will bring neighbors and community members together to celebrate the best of Brooklyn’s unparalleled and dynamic cultural offerings.”
For more information about Pacific Park Arts, the mural or the artists involved, visit http://pacificparkbrooklyn.com/arts.