The abandoned military buildings at Fort Tilden have lured photographers, taggers, and graffiti artists for years (hell, I’m even guilty of taking sunset photos of them many moons ago, for my college photography class), but now they’re becoming Art in the official sense of the word.
MoMA PS1 has tapped Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse to give one of the buildings a facelift as the latest installment of “Rockaway!”, the show that a couple of years ago saw Patti Smith turning a decrepit former locomotive repair facility into a massive installation (you’ll recall James Franco and Michael Stipe made cameos at the opening celebration). We stopped by Sunday ahead of the July 3 opening date and either Grosse’s piece is coming along nicely or that building has gotten way too much sun.
This isn’t Grosse’s first rodeo where bungalow-style buildings are concerned. She gave one of New Orleans’s iconic shotguns a makeover back in 2008. The artist is known for spray-painting buildings and their surrounding environments, including sand, trees, and pavement. Of course, Tilden falls under the aegis of the National Park Service (they’re teaming with MoMA PS1, the Rockaway Artists Alliance, and other local orgs for this), so they’re not letting her run too wild.
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For more about the project, dig MoMA PS1’s press release.