Thursday, October 6, 2011

Intersection (1 of 5) - Manhattan Bridge - Dumbo / Brooklyn / New York (Wed 17 Aug 2011)

Intersection (*) (1 of 5) - Manhattan Bridge - Dumbo / Brooklyn / New York (Wed 17 Aug 2011)

The light was magnificent under the less well known Manhattan Bridge. I stayed here a few minutes and photographed a few people as they passed the framed mural.

A little Googling (*) reveals some details of the Mural titled Intersection:
  • Front Street Gets New Mural - 21 Jun 2011 (*)
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The creators indicate (*):
The mural was designed with site-specific ideas in mind: lines of seven colors meet corrugated vertical bars of the fence behind it. Our concept mimics and bends these lines, creating a colorful graphic symbolizing the constant movement of DUMBO. The design is an abstracted interpretation of intersecting train tracks and the familiar New York City subway map.

The use of vivid colors against the urban backdrop of grays and browns is intended to brighten the landscape and produce a visceral and emotional reaction, while referencing the cross-sections of cultures and people who view it.
From the Wikipedia page Dumbo, Brooklyn (*), Dumbo refers to:
Dumbo, an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is a neighborhood in the New York City, New York, borough of Brooklyn.

It encompasses two sections: one located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, which connect Brooklyn to Manhattan across the East River, and another that continues east from the Manhattan Bridge to the Vinegar Hill area.

The neighborhood is part of Brooklyn Community Board 2.

Jerry Seinfeld once referred to Dumbo on a late-night talk show appearance, joking that it stands for "Down Under Manhattan Bridge," but that New Yorkers arbitrarily added the "O" at the end because they did not want to have a neighborhood called "Dumb."
Learnt about this just now when searching for the name of the large framed Mural on the fence. Learn something everyday.

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