We are so excited to introduce our newest permanent project! Located at the Smith-9th Street station in Brooklyn (the highest station in the subway system) Brooklyn-based artist Alyson Shotz was influenced by the local maritime history of the surrounding Gowanus & Red Hook communities to create a series of windows and large wall mosaic in her work, Fathom Points + Compass Bearings and Nautical Charts - Gowanus & Red Hook from 1733-1922. At the 9th Street entrance, four large transom windows, fabricated by Franz Mayer of Munich, are etched with an elegant line drawing depicting an historic plan of a boat hull, built in Brooklyn around 1770. Up ahead, a vivid blue mosaic fabricated by Mosaika dominates the space and riffs on an adapted 1779 nautical map of NY Harbor as seen from the Brooklyn shoreline. Upstairs, there are 26 windows – closed for decades – that now provide stunning views of the harbor and neighborhood with glittering glass featuring historic nautical maps. We love it and think you will, too!
Above: Alyson Shots, Fathom Points + Compass Bearings and Nautical Charts - Gowanus & Red Hook from 1733-1922, 2013. Detail: Window in North Passageway and 1776 Nautical Map
Photo Credit: Rob Wilson and Lester Burg