Sidewalk Shadows by Artist Nobuho Nagasawa

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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Timecast can be seen on Columbia Street in Red Hook.

Six "Timecast" blue stone installations by artist can be viewed along Columbia Street in Red Hook. (Courtesy Nobuho Nagasawa)

It would seem that the the once humble blue stone, quarried in New York State, is getting some renewed respect. We recently saw it cleverly cladding 41 Bond by the design-build firm DDG Partners, now artist Nobuho Nagasawa it calling attention to it underfoot in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Nagasawa’s installation elevates an everyday visual experience to the level of art, namely tree shadows on a Brooklyn blue stone sidewalk.

The name of tree, date and time of shadow tracing, are marked on the bluestone.

The name of tree, date and time of shadow tracing, are marked alongside the shadows.

Incorporated into the DOT’s reconstruction of Columbia Street, “Timecast” was funded through the Percent for Art Program and its installation was overseen by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). The installation is a component of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Initiative which connects the waterfront from Greenpoint to all the way Sunset Park, including Columbia Waterfront District. The blue stone was fabricated and sandblasted by Brooklyn-based Ottavino Stoneworks and DDC made sure to repour the concrete surrounding the blue stone, so as to ensure an undisturbed visual flow.

In her artist statement Nagasawa said that by planting native trees and etching the traced shadows onto the New York stone, the project aims to memorialize local history.  As the young trees grow they will become a “fixed marker of change” in the evolving neighborhood and will inspire people “to think about their own presence over time.”

The shadow etchings aim to memorialize a precise moment of local history.

The shadow etchings aim to memorialize a precise moment of local history.

"Timecast" by artist Nobuho Nagasawa portrays tree shadows etched in New York bluestone.

"Timecast" by artist Nobuho Nagasawa portrays tree shadows etched in New York blue stone.

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