Marginalized Workforce Monument

By Nick Fracaro at 8:51 pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Walking from my house to BAM the other night I happened upon this astounding sculpture. I was amazed mostly because the work appeared so official in its construction, so sponsored, yet there was no bronze plaque attached to the base identifying and claiming authorship.

It turns out to be what I had hoped it would be.

“portraits and monuments celebrating our cities marginalized workforce”

A subtle, brilliant piece of culture jamming by Specter, aka Gabriel Reese.

Since 1995 I have used the urban situation as primary destination for my creative concepts through installations that merge with abandoned buildings and forgotten environments. This obsession with art in public places is a result of being introduced to the fine arts through graffiti, viewing all public space as a potential inspiration and location for my creativity… (read entire statement)

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Comment by isaac

December 2, 2009 @ 11:51 am

Thanks for doing research on this, Nick. As you know, I live like three blocks away from you, and every time I walk to Fort Greene (taking 3rd over to Lafayette, of course) I see this and wondered about it.

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Comment by nick

December 2, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

Thanks, Isaac, but no research on my part. The world is just getting smaller. I found out about the Canadian artist who created this Brooklyn street installation via the German blog with an English name. rebel:art.

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