Pacific Park Brooklyn unveils ‘Pacific Park Arts’ collaboration with Crown Heights-based artist
Mike Perry, a multimedia artist based in Crown Heights, has been named the “Artist-in-Chief” for Pacific Park Arts, a collaboration of 10 local artists to bring public murals to the 820-foot-long construction fence on Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Carlton avenues. This construction fence, behind which Pacific Park Brooklyn is rising, will be used as a public canvas by Brooklyn-based visionaries and will enliven the streetscape with color.
Greenland Forest City Partners (GFCP), the joint venture between Greenland USA and Forest City Ratner Companies behind the 22-acre Pacific Park Brooklyn development, made the announcement on Monday.
“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,” said David Berliner, chief operating officer of Forest City Ratner Companies.
“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,” added Ifei Chang of Greenland Forest City Partners.
Perry, who will lead the delegation of artists, is known for his colorful illustrations that open Comedy Central’s hit television show “Broad City.” His work is lively and intricate, known for its boldness and color and has been featured in various books, magazines, films and newspapers including GQ, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine.
“Brooklyn’s artists have inspired legions of followers with their singular, relentless commitment to innovation and creative integrity,” said Perry. “This project will both inspire and inform artists, art lovers, Brooklyn-philes and pop culture enthusiasts of all stripes.”
Perry also created an intricate, two-dimensional map of Brooklyn to celebrate the Pacific Park Arts project. The illustrated map includes well-known landmarks, recognizable neighborhood topography and pedestrians enjoying daily life in the city’s most dynamic borough.
The painting of the murals by all 10 artists will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 as part of a larger day-long celebration open to the greater Brooklyn community. Local businesses and organizations from Dean Street and Vanderbilt Avenue will participate in this block party-style celebration, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include a wide variety of food, refreshments and activities.
Local residents and community members can follow the painting progress on social media using the hashtag #pacificparkarts.
Those coming to enjoy the festivities by bike will be able to take advantage of a free bike valet courtesy of Transportation Alternatives.
The featured artists assembled by Perry for the project include Morgan Blair, known for her murals that incorporate abstract shapes, Eddie Perrote, whose elaborate designs have received acclaim in the art world, and Josh Cochran, an illustrator who works on conceptual drawings and teaches at New York’s School of Visual Arts. All three are based in Brooklyn.
Other Brooklyn artists participating in the program include Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Thomas Colligan, Archie Lee Coats, Jennifer Maravillas, Naomi Reis and Edward Ubiera.
To learn more about Pacific Park Arts, visit http://pacificparkbrooklyn.com/arts.
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