While landscape designer Julie Farris routinely
passed an empty lot at the corner of Columbia and Sackett streets
on her way to work, an idea was born: "Temporary Landscape:
A Pasture for an Urban Space."
With the permission of Art Lot’s owners Bobbi and Jim Vaughan,
the Carroll Gardens resident put her skills to work. Farris installed
lush, undulating green hills surrounded by a split-rail fence
while her collaborator, Fort Greene resident Shane Sigler, made
a film montage of pastoral scenes, incorporating grazing animals,
to be projected onto the side of the building adjacent to the
Thus, "Temporary Landscape," which Farris said is "meant
to recall the agricultural history of Brooklyn," was born
with an opening on July 21.
Farris points out that the art installation could not have come
to pass without the integral support of several Columbia Street
Waterfront District neighbors.
"This has been a real community endeavor, truly," said
Keyspan, which is working on a project on Columbia Street, brought
12-foot-long wood beams from its construction site to "Temporary
Landscape," so viewers could have seating while watching
Sigler’s film (which screens Thursdays through Saturdays at approximately
8:45 pm, now through Labor Day weekend).
Launa Beuhler loaned Farris her mower and next-door neighbor
Felix DeAzevedo let Farris tap into his water supply, so she
could maintain the lawn.
The projector used to screen Sigler’s film is housed in Susan
Pacheco’s apartment, across the street from the lot.
"She agreed, incredibly and graciously, to have it in her
apartment and to turn it on three days a week!" said Farris.
"It’s a thing you can only imagine happening in Brooklyn."
For more information about "Temporary Landscape," e-mail
Farris at firstname.lastname@example.org.