The Dumbo Improvement District recently announced its third iteration of The Six Foot Platform which is bringing several interactive art installations to Brooklyn’s iconic Washington Street this summer.
Six Brooklyn-based artists were chosen to showcase their art on a 6’ by 6’ platform on Washington Street—one of NYC’s most iconic blocks—for full-day residences.
“This group of artists is really showing the diversity of Brooklyns creative scene right now. We are thrilled to be presenting their work this summer,” said Alexandria Sica, President of the Dumbo Improvement District.
The Six Foot Platform residencies will take place on Saturdays from July 8 to August 12, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with exhibitions as follows:
Weiyun Chen | SUPERTRASH – Saturday, July 8
SUPERTRASH aims to create awareness about the importance of recycling waste, hoping to bring attention to the increasing rate of the world’s waste production. Guests can actively participate in the exhibition by bringing their own trash or using the trash collected by the artist to create their own art.
Melissa Diaz | Untitled – Saturday, July 15
This interactive installation invites visitors to collaborate in creating a living sculpture by allowing them to weave, tie, and attach upcycled materials onto the sculpture. The piece encourages visitors to consider how creativity can contribute to a sense of well-being and through the piece Diaz hopes to promote inclusion in art-making and the de-stigmatization of mental health support.
Tianding He | How I Disappeared – Saturday, July 22
Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, this project explores the poetic intricacies of urban life by conjuring an ever-changing cityscape, evoking memories and desires built from their unique experiences and personal perspectives. The piece features experimental music, AR puppetry, and interactive installations.
YOU & I (Allie Marotta and Fernando Moya Delgado | inside the box – Saturday, July 29
inside the box asks audience members “If anything could be on this platform, what would you like it to be?” and then invites them to take part in a live devising process to create a new performance piece.
Anna Roberts Gevalt | DUMBO Sick Center – Saturday, August 5
DUMBO Sick Center is a pop-up sick cultural center—an experimental office offering resources, sick history, and songs. This project invites the audience to imagine a world where sick wisdom is honored and accessible, and the sick receive the care they need.
Maureen Catbagen | Abang-guard Street Museum – Saturday, August 12
Abang-guard Street Museum invites the public to share their inner voice and creative expression via gallery format. The exhibition is part workshop, part art space, and will feature each piece made by the public, providing an opportunity to showcase and uplift a diversity of voices.
The Dumbo Improvement District is also responsible for other works of art currently on display in NYC right now.
On Tuesday, December 6, they unveiled a 9-foot-tall sculpture of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G” Wallace at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Created by Sherwin Banfield, the sculpture, titled Sky’s the Limit in the County of Kings, is dedicated to the art, life, and legacy of the Brooklyn legend and represents Biggie’s African American artistry, lineage, and evolution as the “King of New York.”
The sculpture is on view through October, 2023.
This exhibition works to showcase the hundreds of languages spoken in NYC through hanging electronic speakers which play a babel of recorded voices speaking various languages. Though when one walks beneath each speaker the babel fades and individual voices and languages can be heard reciting stories, poems, and fables.
This instillation is on view now through August 2023. Listening hours are 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.
The Six Foot Platform is presented in partnership with Brooklyn Arts Council.