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If you’ve walked through Downtown Brooklyn’s Metrotech and wondered why plastic jugs have been thrown high into the trees, well, it’s art! GO Brooklyn has discovered that the clusters of jugs are part of an art installation, “Everyday Eden,” which opened on Nov. 8.

“One of the unique aspects of Metrotech is that it’s an urban park, so it’s both a natural space and an unnatural space,” Rochelle Steiner, director of the Public Art Fund, told GO Brooklyn about the area bounded by Flatbush Avenue and Jay Street, just north of the Fulton Mall. This being the case, said Steiner, the show’s theme — the idea of “being green” — developed naturally out of the artists’ responses to the space, rather than the other way around.

This is evident in the variety and individuality of the works. “A Little Bird Told Me,” by Tony Feher (pictured at left), consists of those plastic bottles, containing pink liquid, hanging 10 to 15 feet above the ground in seven trees. While “As Above, So Below” (at right), by Rob Fischer, features steel, mesh, galvanized pipe and stained glass windows retrofitted from a church, all of which come together to form an arch in the outdoor work.

“[This project] was a great opportunity to invite artists, some from Brooklyn, to experiment with something that they might not otherwise have been able to present,” Steiner said of “Everyday Eden,” which will be displayed through September 2008. “We’ve been putting on shows at Metrotech for 12 years now, and one of the unique aspects of Metrotech is its open-endedness.”

“Everyday Eden” is on view through September 2008 at various locations around Metrotech in Downtown Brooklyn. For information, call (212) 980-4575 or visit www.publicartfund.org.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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