The new protected two-way Furman Street bike lane that debuted this summer along a desolate stretch under the BQE and behind the new Brooklyn Bridge Park just got a little less dreary. Over the weekend artist Debra Hampton and a team of volunteers applied her stencil portrait onto the concrete barriers that separate cyclists from the highway-speeding motorists shuttling between Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights. I stopped by this morning to get a closer look. More views after the jump.
The project is part of the city's Urban Art Program to commission temporary installations of contemporary art for the streets. Hampton was one of three New York City artists selected for the Fall 2010 Jersey Barrier Design Initiative (no word on where the others will be applied). Volunteers from New York Cares helped with installing the piece, titled "Face to Face" (pictured below). DumboNYC talked to Hampton, who noted that the piece is "a slight departure from [my] usual mixed-media work of collages, the mural incorporates one aspect of [my] studio process and applies it to the city landscape.” Her usual work, by the way, is spectacular.