The Rockaways picturesque beach landscape was interrupted by Hurricane Sandy – among the carnage included an iconic Fort Tilden aquatics building. It’s slated to be demolished, but before parting, German artist Katharina Grosse and MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach wanted to give a proper goodbye.
Thus, Grosse spray painted the entire structure with colors mimicking a sunset over the beach. MoMa commented:
Grosse’s work seamlessly combines the subtle nuances of light and shadow, characteristic of traditional landscape painting, with the weight and spectacle of large scale sculpture. In this exhibition, Grosse’s singular approach highlights the possibilities of painting as a medium, and encapsulates the stark beauty of the natural and manmade structures in which this installation is contextualized.
Titled Rockaway! the outdoor installation is open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. EST between July 3 and November 30 at Gateway National Recreation Area in Fort Tilden, New York.
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