In the loop: Massive sculpture takes Park’s Pier 3 to new heights

Wired, inspired: The art installation “New York Clearing” features 11 miles of metal tubing.
Photo by Christopher Burke

Brooklyn’s Front Yard has gone full circle!

An enormous metal art installation popped up on the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 3 last week. The piece, titled “New York Clearing,” is made up of 11 miles of aluminum tubing, coiled into gigantic shining loops that stretch up to 50 feet high against the Manhattan skyline. Those tightly-coiled rings are an “energy field” that stands in sharp contrast to the rectangular shapes of that distant isle, said its creator. 

“I am enormously excited about the opportunity of making this energy field in conversation with Manhattan across the waters of the East River,” said artist Antony Gormley. “It can be seen as an evocation of human connectivity, a materialization of the energy of the people that view it and the people that made it.”

Gormley has created similar “Clearing” projects in the past, but this is the largest, the first to be displayed outdoors, and the first to be built without architectural support, he said. 

The piece was produced with funding from the South Korean boy band BTS, as part of a series of international art projects called “Connect BTS.” 

This eye-grabbing art display fits right in with the waterfront green space, said the Park’s president. 

“We have a long history of incredible art installations in the Park, and can’t think of a better place than Pier 3 for this amazing piece,” said Eric Landau. 

“New York Clearing” at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3 (enter at Furman Street and Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, www.connect-bts.com). On display until March 27. Free.

Loop-de-loop: The coils of aluminum tubing, now on display in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 3, reach 50 feet in the air. Photo by Bill Roundy