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Oscar Tuazon: People


July 19, 2012 – Apr 26, 2013

Daily (6–1am)



Public Art Fund (Venue Partner)

Brooklyn Bridge Park





Public Art Fund says…

Oscar Tuazon’s art typically combines industrial and natural materials to transform the experience of a building or space. The rough and ready materials and do-it-yourself sensibility of his work pushes the limits of objects and architecture: wood beams are strapped against structural frames, trees butt up against cast-cement forms, and metal studs are hinged on patches of sheetrock.



For Brooklyn Bridge Park, Tuazon (b. 1975, Seattle, Washington) has created three related sculptures. Inspired by the resourceful creativity of urban neighborhoods, the structures suggest sculptural variations on familiar playground designs. Installed along Pier 1 and 2, each work is enlivened by its everyday use: a tree becomes a fountain; a makeshift handball wall is held straight by a tree trunk that also accommodates a basketball hoop; a cement cube breached by a tree frames the surrounding landscape and echoes the original piers along the waterfront. Tuazon’s work deals inventively with the fundamental aspects of sculpture such as balance, volume, and weight. At the same time, his installation creates a playful dialogue with built and natural forms against the Manhattan skyline.


Andria Hickey

Associate Curator, Public Art Fund