BAM installs new bike lot at 31 Lafayette Avenue featuring mural

August 20, 2013 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) will unveil a new BAM Bike Park and BAMart Outdoor installation on Sept. 4 at 31 Lafayette Avenue, directly across the street from the Peter Jay Sharp Building which houses the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House and BAM Rose Cinemas. An expansion of the David Byrne Bike Racks which were installed in front of the building last summer, the new park transforms an empty, underutilized lot into a new site for bike parking and creates a new platform for public art in the BAM Cultural District with a 20-foot-wide x 24-foot-high wall which will feature a mural installation by local artists. The work of Brooklyn-based artist KAWS will be the first to be featured in the space. Combining a new amenity for cyclists with a bold new space for art, the BAM Bike Park highlights the constantly evolving landscape of the BAM Cultural District and raises the bar for future developments in the area.

“BAM is at the center of a neighborhood that is brimming with bike activity and we are excited to offer this inspiring new bike lot to our audience and the community,” says BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins. “We would like to acknowledge Con Edison for their generous support and of course our friends David Byrne and KAWS. It is our mission, as the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas, that everything connected with BAM reflect our creative spirit and the David Byrne Bike Racks and KAWS mural are in perfect alignment with that philosophy.”

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