Greenpoint Gazette
Jeff Mann
Katie Denny introducing Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger and Sarah Nelson Wright who will produce nbART's next public art installation

Public Art Project for Greenpoint Announced

BY Jeff Mann

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2011, The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) held its autumn fundraiser, at Greenpoint Avenue arts space The End. The organization, which formed in 2009, is dedicated to collaborating with artists and community stakeholders in North Brooklyn to produce, present, and support public art.

Executive Director Katie Denny used the occasion to announce the selection of nbART’s sixth public art project, The Newtown Creek Armada. The interactive installation will turn the Newtown Creek, one of America’s most polluted waterways, into a model boat pond over the course of several weeks in spring 2012. Visitors will be invited to pilot a fleet of artist-created, miniature, radio-controlled boats along the creek’s surface while documenting the world hidden beneath the water (each boat will be equipped with an underwater camera and lights allowing participants to record a unique voyage on the creek). The project will be launched from the Newtown Creek Nature Walk.

Artists Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger and Sarah Nelson Wright collaborated on the Newtown Creek Armada, which was submitted in response to an open call from nbART to Brooklyn-based artists to propose projects for an environmentally and sustainability-conscious art installation in Greenpoint.

For more information about nbART or The Newtown Creek Armada, visit


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