Weekend Weenies: Get free hot dogs all summer long at Brooklyn Bridge Park

June 15, 2018 By Scott Enman Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Erwin Wurm’s “Hot Dog Bus,” a modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus that has been transformed into a bloated and bizarre hot dog stand will pass out free hot dogs all summer. Photo - Liz Ligon, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

Brooklynites won’t have to trek to Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island to get delicious hot dogs this summer.

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s newest eatery is offering free franks with a side of art to hungry visitors.

Erwin Wurm’s “Hot Dog Bus,” a modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus that has been transformed into a bloated and bizarre hot dog stand debuted last weekend.

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The “absurd, yet approachable” 11-week exhibition from the Public Art Fund will be parked on Saturdays at Pier 1 and Sundays at Pier 5.

The fund’s Associate Curator Daniel S. Palmer said visitors flocked to the somatic structure during its opening weekend.

“Since the opening of Hot Dog Bus, the reception has been fantastic,” Palmer, a Williamsburg resident and curator of the exhibit, told the Brooklyn Eagle. “People were lining up during the opening weekend, excited to participate, asking questions, taking photos, and showing a level of curiosity and engagement that was great to see.

“It’s a show for all ages and we’re thrilled that it’s open for the summer season and already loved by so many.”

Wurm, 63, came to prominence, according to Palmer, by pushing the boundaries between the human body and sculpture.

The artist fell in love with Brooklyn Bridge Park, Palmer said, for its diverse crowd, family atmosphere, breathtaking views and countless groves.

“The hot dog, originally an immigrant food and one with Brooklyn roots, has become so ubiquitous and so quintessentially American, that to have it served from the bus is a generous component of the exhibition,” Palmer told the Eagle in an interview in April when the exhibit was announced.

In addition to providing a delicious snack, the artwork challenges participants to consider the connections between America’s consumerism, food and their bodies.

The Public Art Fund has a history of bringing vibrant contemporary art to New York City through its free exhibitions. The nonprofit organization installs artwork that not only complements the surrounding urban environment, but ones that whimsically play with it too.

The group commissioned several prominent pieces in Brooklyn Bridge Park, including Martin Creed’s “Understanding” in May 2016, a 25-foot-tall, rotating neon sculpture on Pier 6.

Last May, the nonprofit brought Anish Kapoor’s “Descension” to Pier 1, a 26-foot-wide endless whirlpool.

In May 2015, the organization installed Jeppe Hein’s “Please Touch The Art,” a series of interactive sculptures, mirrors and fountains.

Not far from the 85-acre park, the art fund also brought Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s “Fences” to a Downtown Brooklyn bus shelter.


“Hot Dog Bus” will be parked at Pier 1 on Saturdays and at Pier 5 on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. through Aug. 26. The free franks will be limited to one per visitor.

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