Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets Its First Major Piece of Public Art (UPDATED)

12/15/2011 9:47 AM |

Mark di Suvero, Yoga (1991).
  • Mark di Suvero, “Yoga” (1991).

It’s not all “condos and hotels!” at Brooklyn Bridge Park. For proof, here’s happy news that the waterfront park’s first major (temporary) public art installation will be a sculpture by American Abstract Expressionist Mark di Suvero, he of Zuccotti Park‘s “Joie de vivre” and this summer’s Governor’s Island retrospective. (Update below)

The sculpture in question, Gallerist NY notes, is “Yoga” (1991), and it marks the launch of an extensive art program at Brooklyn Bridge Park. A release announcing the forthcoming installation at Pier 1 describes the piece thusly:

The roughly thirty-foot-tall composition is sited on the Bridge View Lawn at the Park’s Pier 1, overlooking the East River. It comprises an I-beam—bent into a U-shape—that rocks and pivots on a stainless-steel pole, itself topped by an O-shaped element. The sculpture creates changing shadows and perspectives as the I-beam variously ‘points’ to the harbor, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Governors Island, and beyond, while the ‘O’ may remind viewers of a ship’s portal or a magnifying glass.

The whole thing may also remind you of the hundreds of yoga enthusiasts who descend on Brooklyn Bridge Park for occasional free yoga classes there in the warmer months.

The sculpture will be installed at an undisclosed date, for an unspecified period of time, by the Storm King Art Center (in whose permanent collection it belongs), Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.

UPDATE: Turns out the sculpture is already there. Here are two views of it in situ.

Mark di Suveros Yoga in Brooklyn Bridge Park this morning.
  • Mark di Suvero’s “Yoga” in Brooklyn Bridge Park this morning.

Another view of Mark di Suveros Yoga in Brooklyn Bridge Park this morning.
  • Another view of Mark di Suvero’s “Yoga” in Brooklyn Bridge Park this morning.