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
Seascape Sculptures by Wade and Leta
Located on the cobblestones at Fulton and Front Streets
On display until September 2019
With their seascape sculptures, Wade and Leta pay homage to the ocean floor and its otherworldly vegetation. Emulating cavernous structures of kelp and coral formations, their multi-dimensional sculptures (some reaching 10 feet tall) are splashed with color and pattern and inspired by the historic ships docked nearby at Pier 16. Like those ships, Wade and Leta’s sculptures will age and redefine themselves over the course of the summer.
Wade Jeffree and Leta Sobierajski aren’t your average couple. Their studio, Wade and Leta, combines purposeful eclecticism and performative design to create satisfying and emotional visuals ranging from conventional identities to colorfully charged compositions utilizing all disciplines.
Wiggling Waves and Water Wanders by Mike Perry
Located on Levels 3 & 4 of Pier 17, 89 South Street
On display until November 1, 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.
Add Color (Refugee Boat) by Yoko Ono
Located at 203 Front Street
On display from June 18–June 29, 12–8pm, as part of the River to River Festival
Add Color (Refugee Boat)(1960/2019) is an interactive installation conceived by Yoko Ono. Upon opening, the work will be comprised simply of a boat placed within an empty space. The public will then be invited to paint their thoughts, ideas and hopes on the walls, floor and boat. As the installation progresses, messages will be written in support, contrast and literal obfuscation of one another, moving the space from visual calm to a layered visual chaos—a beautiful sea of color from afar, a more restless reality upon closer inspection. Each time Add Color (Refugee Boat)is shown, it shares in the memory of past iterations and takes on a life and a meaning of its own—acutely reflecting the time, place and people that come together to create it.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council presents the 18th annual River to River Festival, Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival, June 18–29.The festival celebrates artistic and creative diversity across disciplines, presenting live art and installation in public spaces and in partnership with leading institutions in Lower Manhattan. All events are free and all are welcome.
We Come in Peace by Tin & Ed
Located on the digital screens in the center of Pier 17’s ground floor
On display until July 31. The piece plays daily, every hour on the hour, for 10 minutes, and on Mondays from 7–7:30pm
A digital installation that takes the form of a virtual dance party, this piece is being screened for the first time in New York at Pier 17. The project, debuting for World Pride month, invites viewers to experience a virtual party by dancing alongside screens filled with dancing avatars, in a celebration of unity. For the project, 3D scans were taken of artist, designers and friends from around the world. The 3D scans were re-sculpted, taking inspiration from nature, to create new organisms. The avatars were rigged, taught to dance and then brought together in a live digital space using a game engine. We Come in Peace is a celebration of the incredible diversity found in nature and a reminder that we are part of that world and not separate from it.
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.