A new addition to the Brooklyn waterfront has a two-sided personality. Literally.
The eight-foot-tall sculpture by artist Deborah Kass was installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday and has a very different message depending on where you’re standing. Viewed from Manhattan, the bright yellow letters spell out an aggressive “YO” while anyone on the Brooklyn side will see a far wearier “OY.” (Most likely, a feeling many people share while looking at today’s Manhattan.)
Kass says she was inspired to make the piece because the succinct exclamations resonate across languages and communities. Ah yes, the universal New York language of shouting to get someone’s attention and loudly expressing disappointment.
The work, appropriately titled “OY/YO,” was commissioned by Two Trees Management Company. and will remain on view until August.
h/t New York Times