By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The iconic green Pearl Street Triangle has lost the green.
Denizens of DUMBO are watching as Brooklyn artist David Ellis transforms the famously green swath of art and benches into a multi-colored mural. Thursday was Day 1 of a four- or five-day art project.
“It will be a different thing every day,” Ellis told the Brooklyn Eagle on Thursday as he wielded a long-handled brush. “Today I’m breaking up the space, doing perspective.”
On each day of the installation, the work will change as Ellis paints new layers of design.
“It’s almost improvisation,” he said.
On Friday Ellis painted a pair of giant white hands onto the triangle, and over the weekend added a pair of smaller, more human hands. On Monday the shape of a human body appeared to be tangled in the grasp of the white hands.
Ellis is filming the transformation of the Triangle from the top floor of 68 Jay Street, which towers over the Triangle.
When the painting is complete, the mural will be sealed and the Triangle will be reopened to the public.
Once a parking lot and illegal dumping site, the DUMBO BID and New York City’s DOT created the Pearl Street Triangle in 2007, complete with its signature bright green paint, benches and public art.
Ellis is known for improvisational and music-related installations. His motion painting “Paint on Trucks in a World in Need of Love” was recently exhibited at MoMA. The work in DUMBO is made possible by Two Trees Management Company through the NYCDOT Urban Art Program in partnership with the DUMBO Improvement District.