Spray paint and sea spray – Rockaway! installation unveiled in New York

Artist Katharina Grosse has transformed the site of an old aquatics building at Fort Tilden in New York into a vibrant, spray-painted installation

Working over a base coat of white paint, Grosse applied three different hues of red with an industrial spray gun over a period of seven days.

Rushing over the structure like a wave, the paint isn’t just confined to the interior and exterior of the building but covers the surrounding pavement, sand and foliage.

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Top of post and above: Rockaway! featuring site-specific installation by Katharina Grosse. Image courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez
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Rockaway! featuring site-specific installation by Katharina Grosse. Image courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez

The project is part of MoMA PS1’s ongoing art programme in the Rockaways area, a collaboration which began in 2012 during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as museum staff and volunteers brought help to the community.

According to the museum, its work with Rockaway Artists Alliance and NYC Parks and Recreation was further strengthened in 2013 with the construction of the VW Dome 2, “a temporary structure, which was erected on Beach 95th Street in Rockaway Beach, and served as a cultural and community centre, and emerged as a central part of relief and volunteer efforts in the months following the hurricane”.

Grosse’s work at Fort Tilden is also temporary – the painted building will eventually be demolished, according to the museum.

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Rockaway! featuring site-specific installation by Katharina Grosse. Image courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez
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Rockaway! featuring site-specific installation by Katharina Grosse. Image courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez

Rockaway! is organised in collaboration with the Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, Central Park Conservancy, NYC Parks & Recreation and Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Fort Tilden exhibits are open to the public free of charge on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, midday-6 PM

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Rockaway! featuring site-specific installation by Katharina Grosse. Image courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez
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Rockaway! featuring site-specific installation by Katharina Grosse. Image courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez
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Rockaway! featuring site-specific installation by Katharina Grosse. Image courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez

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