New ‘hanging backyard’ might be on the way in which to Brooklyn’s parks

BED-STUY, BROOKLYN – A new art installation in Brooklyn is on its way to bloom this summer.

The new “Hanging Garden” with edible plants and haunting light and sound effects is likely to be built in Fort Greene Park this summer, with more parks to follow in the district, according to Bed Stuy artist Bryce Peterson.

“This unique project presents a visionary new concept of how ecology can improve art, and its exhibit in NYC parks is an opportunity to create a living example of how natural systems can be integrated into urban architecture,” writes Peterson.

The Hanging Gardens project has previously received support from the Fort Greene Park Conservancy and is under review by the city’s parks department.

The 36-foot art installation includes a sculptural plywood pavilion and a hanging botanical garden for visitors to sit under. It is equipped with light and sound elements that respond to sensory stimuli from the ground, sun and water.

Light sculptures created by Peterson are also planned to hang on nearby trees.

The garden itself will include wine flowers and vegetables that are designed to grow through a drip irrigation system.

“Our vision is to present a localized, species-rich garden system that opens people’s eyes to the possibilities of urban agriculture,” says the plans.

Peterson has suggested Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Cadman Plaza Park as possible future locations for the exhibit.

So far, he’s raised about half of the $ 16,000 needed to build the project through a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council and GoFundMe that is expected to raise $ 10,000 for the installation.

Once completed, Peterson says the garden can provide a space for a variety of gatherings, including performances and educational opportunities on engineering, ecology, urban agriculture, or other topics.

Peterson’s previous work includes light sculptures and other interactive structures. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering and worked as a senior engineer at a New York art and technology startup before leaving his own studio.

Find out more about the hanging garden here.

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