You’ll find inspiration all over the Seaport District this summer, thanks to our series of one-of-a-kind art installations. Keep your eyes peeled for work by these talented visionaries as you stroll the cobblestones and explore Pier 17.
Summer By The Sea
Bloom and Beauty Murals by Natasha May Platt
Located on the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17
Natasha May Platt is a mural artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BA in philosophy and religion from Harvard College and received the 2010 Gardner Fellowship for a year of international creative exploration after graduation. Her fellowship led her to the embroidery and textile traditions of Kolkata, India, and she spent three years in Kolkata studying and working in textile design.
Her mural work is influenced by the color and rhythm of textile traditions, as well as her personal connection to nature and meditative states. Her murals can be found across the world, in Mexico, Bali, India, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and New York. Her clients include Disney, Governor’s Ball Music Festival, Ballston Quarter Mall, Yumi Kim, and many private clients such as fashion brands, hotels, and restaurants. She is debuting her first mural for the Bushwick Collective this summer.
Others Built New York by Black Gotham Experience
Based on the Other Side of Wall Street walking tour, Others Built New York tells the story illustrating the presence and imact of the African Diaspora on New York City. The mural, which is divided into three main sections, explores and celebrates equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and the resiliency of NYC.
Black Gotham Experience (BGX) creates media at the intersection of aesthetics and scholarship to illustrate the impact of the African Diaspora. BGX has assembled a team including two mural artists to build the visual narrative.
Wiggling Waves and Water Wanders by Mike Perry
Located on Level 3 of Pier 17, 89 South Street
On display until October 2019
With its bright colors, vibrancy and fluidity, this two-floor mural is a celebration of summer. An homage to those days that are like bright sparklers of sunlight, when we relish every moment from dawn to dusk and beyond. The mural’s characters greet visitors to Pier 17 as they arrive and provide a hyper-photogenic backdrop to their journey up to The Rooftop.
Throughout its history, Mike Perry Studio has maintained a sustainability ethos and all wood purchased for the installation is being used in its entirety—including all scraps—and the Studio intends to reuse the materials after the mural is dismantled.
Mike Perry is an artist known for his Broad City openers and his Emmy Award-winning animation for the series’ “Mushrooms” episode. This is his first-ever large-scale 3D mural and expresses Perry’s joyful enthusiasm for a life well-loved.
Wallplay transforms empty spaces into cultural activation centers. They program & operate vacant retail spaces until landlords secure permanent tenants. Wallplay’s creative network covers a wide spectrum of art forms, technologies and brands. They move seamlessly between these verticals. The spaces they operate build community in a digitally driven world for in-person discovery of art, culture, innovation, and retail.
Wallplay is committed to its social impact mission of repurposing empty spaces for public good. They have hosted over 200 arts programs since August 2018 and our public art programming has reached millions of New Yorkers. Over the course of the year, at least 50% occupancy of the spaces that Wallplay operates are dedicated to the creative community for innovation & art programming that engage with the public in a direct and tangible way. The other 50%, comprised of culturally relevant commercial pop-ups, event rentals and sponsorships, help subsidize the cost for arts & innovation programming.
Tony Viramontes: bold, beautiful and damned
10 Corso Como Gallery and Fondazione Sozzani present Tony Viramontes: bold, beautiful and damned, an overview of Viramontes’ iconic fashion illustrations, mixed media collages, and photographs from the 1980s curated by design historian Dean Rhys Morgan. The exhibition is on view from September 8 through November 1, 2019.
Skyfish by Tin & Ed
Located on the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17
On display through Fall 2019
A playful installation of six aquatic lifeforms, flying in the sky above the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17.
Nature is forever inventing new and imaginative life forms. Playing with this idea, Tin & Ed imagine a reality where aquatic lifeforms live above us, floating on thermal currents and brought to life by the wind, fluttering, flying and inflating in different wind conditions. Using AI and machine learning, the patterns for these new lifeforms are created by mixing different patterns from real life sea creatures.
Tin & Ed are artists and designers based in Chinatown New York. Their playful installations and live digital experiences explore a more symbiotic relationship between human nature and technology. They have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world and their work is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and the City of Melbourne Collection.