North Flatbush Business Improvement District Announces Installation of Public Artwork at 7th Avenue/Park Place Triangle
The North Flatbush Business Improvement District is excited to announce the installation of Brooklyn artist William Soltis’s “Under the Sun,” a sculpture constructed of welded metal, as part of a partnership with NYC Park’s Art in the Parks program. The installation will be located in the northeast corner of the recently reconstructed 7th Avenue Triangle, the triangular park at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue, 7th Avenue, and Park Place.
“Under the Sun” is part of a series of sculptures by Mr. Soltis. Said Soltis: “The 7th Avenue triangle is near where I catch the train to work in the morning — I saw the renovations taking place last year, and thought that the work would complement the new landscape. The work experiments with the human form, positive and negative relationships, and the interplay between the figure and the sculptural environment.”
Mr. Soltis is an Art Teacher at James Madison High School in Brooklyn. This is his second Art in the Parks piece.
For over 50 years, NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has brought contemporary public artworks to the city’s parks, making New York City one of the world’s largest open-air galleries. The agency has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, NYC Parks has collaborated with arts organizations and artists to produce over 2,000 public artworks by 1,300 notable and emerging artists in over 200 parks. For more information about the program, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art.
“Bill Soltis’s ‘Under the Sun’ is the first temporary public art to come to this Greenstreet triangle,” said NYC Parks Senior Public Art Coordinator Elizabeth Masella. “We are thrilled to join the North Flatbush Business Improvement District in celebrating the installation of this sculpture.”
The North Flatbush BID initiated an effort to rebuild and reconstruct its district’s triangle parks, which includes reconstruction and improvement of sidewalks and planting of trees at the 6th Avenue, 7th Avenue, and Carlton Avenue triangles. The BID is excited to partner with Mr. Soltis and Art in the Parks as part of greater efforts to activate this newly reconstructed public space. This installation will help facilitate the increased vibrancy, hospitality, and cultural relevance of the North Flatbush commercial corridor, complementing the BID’s other recent efforts, which include the installation of large-scale planters, tree planting and maintenance, and additional horticulture services. This installation demonstrates how improved public spaces bring increased amenities to the commercial corridors, highlighting the behind-the-scenes efforts of New York City BIDs to make New York City a more safe and inviting place.
This will be the second time that the North Flatbush district has played host to a public artwork — in 1991, William Fulbright’s “BILL OF RIGHTS” was showcased in the same location. The installation will take place on August 25th, 2019, and the proposed installation period is through July, 2020.