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Courtesy Jaime Rojo, Brooklyn Street Art

Two Trees Unveils Murals Along Domino Walls

BY Tanay Warerkar

North Brooklyn is set to kick off the summer with an artistic explosion along the site of the Domino Development project on Kent Avenue.

This past weekend, the real estate development firm behind the project, Two Trees Management, unveiled Domino Walls, a street-art project along the outer walls of the development site stretching along a five-block radius along Kent Avenue between South Fifth Street and Grand Street.

The murals were created by local street-artists Aakash Nihalani, Hellbent, and Rubin in collaboration with Brooklyn Street Art, an organization that studies the growth of street art and works to create new techniques and mediums to display street art. They commemorate the works of street artists who have enriched the neighborhood through their artistry.

“The artists we chose to work the project work in a similar visual scene,” said Steven Harrington, the co-founder of Brooklyn Street Art. “We are calling it Grafuturism – a combination of graffiti work and abstract modernism.”

The artists took three weeks to complete the project, and for each, it is their biggest undertaking yet.

Across the street from the murals, for the second straight year, Two Trees has collaborated with local groups, including Brooklyn Bike Park and North Brooklyn Farms to continue running Havemeyer Park – an open public space where members of the community can use an off-road bike area created by Brooklyn Bike Park, and farm-to-table Sunday dinners and workshops provided by North Brooklyn Farms. The temporary park is built on a previously abandoned 55,000 square foot lot, which serves as one of the sites of the Domino Project.

The newest addition to the park in its second outing is the Tipi Project, a pop-up community art space that will go up on May 29 – with art classes, healing workshops, music performances, meditation, and yoga all being offered at the spot.

“We are thrilled to reopen Havemeyer Park for the Williamsburg community to enjoy,” said Jed Walentas, Principal at Two Trees Management. “Our partners this year have done an incredible job transforming the site with programming for people of all ages and interests, and we’re looking forward to a terrific summer.”

The murals are slated to remain in place for at least another two years before they replaced due to wear and tear, and Havemeyer Park will continue to host events through August.

For more information on schedules and each of the organization visit their websites as highlighted in the article above.


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