Watch: Giant neon ‘Understanding’ sign spins in Bridge Park

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Talk about a conversation piece!

A public art organization erected a 25-foot-tall revolving neon sign reading “Understand­ing” at the Pier 6 end of Brooklyn Bridge Park last week — turning the green space into what appears to be a tete-a-tete with the already famous sculpture spelling out “Yo” and “Oy,” which sprung up near the Brooklyn Bridge late last year, a spokeswoman said.

“They’re there pinging back and forth between each other,” said Emma Enderby, associate curator of the Public Art Fund, an outfit that places works in open spaces.

The two wordy works in one park are just a coincidence, Enderby said — each was commissioned by different groups — but the concept makes sense for the space, as the bold proclamations can be seen from a mile away.

“You can see it in Manhattan, in Brooklyn, on boats passing,” she said of British artist Martin Creed’s new luminous marquee “Understand­ing.” “It’s this message that gets sent out across the water.”

And the piece has been a big hit with some local critics, Enderby said.

“We’ve had lots of great and fun Instagrams,” she said. “It’s very accessible for families and children — it moves, it glows.”

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Tessie from Dumbo says:
Since when is an oversized neon sign considered art?
May 10, 2016, 6 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
Make parks parks again.
May 10, 2016, 8:14 pm
tyler from pps says:
Mom -- Stuff it up your butt. These sorts of things are great for parks.

Though, I think it's a bit amusing the Brooklyn Paper refers to the location on Pier 6 as "green space." That's a bit of stretch for that concrete corner of the park, no?
May 12, 2016, 12:33 pm

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