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A tower of shipping containers is rising in Williamsburg

Howard Halle

Things have been getting busy at Domino Park, the former site of the Domino Sugar Factory that has been transformed into a sprawling public park along the Brooklyn waterfront in Williamsburg. Cranes have been stacking 16 shipping containers into a Jenga-like tower, which, when completed, will become part of the latest offering in NYC by the French artist known as JR. An image of the structure in progress (a collaboration with the architectural firm LOT-EK, an outfit known for repurposing shipping containers) was posted on Instagram by the Brooklyn Museum, which is currently hosting a survey of his work; titled “JR: Chronicles,” it features murals, photographs, videos, films, dioramas and archival materials from his entire career

JR is best known for plastering large photographic posters on outdoor walls around the world, images that typically comprise headshots of a diverse array of people. Sometimes he’s done this without permission, though probably not so much these days: Since starting out as a teenage tagger in Paris 20 some years ago, he’s moved on to achieve global acclaim, winning the TED Prize in 2011 and appearing on 60 Minutes and the cover of The New York Times Magazine.

The tower will, in effect, serve as the armature for what sounds like a massive, multistory mural, but stayed tuned for further developments. In the meanwhile, you can catch JR’s Brooklyn Museum show through May 3.


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