Hank Willis Thomas, Artist
by Holly Bieler
Oct 28, 2015 | 10050 views | 0 0 comments | 374 374 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Making the trek across the Brooklyn Bridge will become a far prettier affair come 2017, with the Department of Cultural Affair’s (DCA) recent announcement that a new 12-foot sculpture has been commissioned from Fort Greene artist Hank Willis Thomas, to be erected on Tillary Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Although final designs and costs are still being worked out, initial renderings of the sculpture show a giant finger and forearm pointing to the sky.

“I like the idea of how a very simple gesture could say so many different things,” said Thomas. “It could be interpreted as we’re all one, or trying to get someone’s attention. I was thinking about the history of sports, and the ways in which it plays into the way we read gestures, but also political protests.”

Thomas said one of the most appealing aspects of the gesture was the myriad ways one could interpret it.

“The hope is that when its made, the piece is iconic and beautiful and engaging and can speak to a diversity of issues and desires,” he said.

Tentatively slated for completion in fall of 2017, Thomas said the reality of having a massive sculpture permanently displayed won’t hit the native New Yorker until his design is fully realized.

“It’s really exciting, but it wont feel fully real until it's fully up,” he said.

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