One ephemeral and illegal artwork on the Williamsburg Bridge ended in arrest this week, but another has been up there for over a month in plain sight, and has remained essentially unscathed: a series of oval paintings installed in a funneling formation near the place where the bike-pedestrian path forks on the Manhattan side.
The installation, entitled “The Bridge Comes Alive,” is the work of a group of artists who go by Baji Lives!. They painted the circular tones on paper in a studio before sticking them to the bridge beams under cover of darkness one night earlier this summer. It’s not their first time working with this type of outdoor pointillism: previous installations by Baji Lives! have dotted a metal shutter on the Lower East Side and the facade of our old building in DUMBO. Here’s how their most recent installation went down.