Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) in partnership with New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is installing an unprecedented number and square footage of ground murals – “Asphalt Art” – to the neighborhood’s ever-expanding Shared Street network. NYC-based Chilean street art pioneer Nelson Rivas AKA Cekis, was selected to create the vast and vibrant streetscape that incorporates new planters, granite blocks, bike corrals, and street furniture. Cekis’ work – entitled Street Patterns – will adorn over 17,550sf across existing and expanded Shared Streets, plus Jay Street pedestrian and bike corral spaces – enhancing the public realm, visually connecting the area’s core streets, and increasing pedestrian safety.
These improvements are part of DBP’s Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm Action Plan, created in partnership with design firms Bjarke Ingels Group and WXY architecture + urban design. The plan puts forth a series of transformative measures that prioritize people and the environment, and will take Downtown Brooklyn’ streetscape from a dated central business district to a citywide model of designing a downtown for people.