A Tribute to Hurricane Sandy

By Blossom Chen

At the Brooklyn Arts Council, many artists and art groups display their works for the public to see. At the end of the hall on the second floor is the BAC’s Gallery entitled For & About: Art and Reactions to Superstorm Sandy. Here, artwork from several artists is featured, commemorating the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Last October, Hurricane Sandy destroyed 305,000 houses in NY alone, making such a big impact that it is important to remember the disastrous event.

This small gallery features a few pieces of art such as photographs, paintings, and sculptures.

From the several photographs encased in glass, one was especially eye-catching. It was a photograph, taken by Gaia Squarci, of a little girl on the boardwalk while the hurricane was rolling in. In such a dangerous situation the little girl had her arms wide open, head thrown back and a wide smile. This photo was inspirational, showing the strong mentality of those who managed to find happiness after facing such hard times.

An unusual and puzzling sculpture titled Three Volunteers by Jason A. Maas drew a lot of attention. It is formed from a collection of post-hurricane items that were scavenged from areas struck by the disaster. Maas’s inspiration came from the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that volunteers were equipped with while getting rid of mold caused by Hurricane Sandy. The structure is made up of salvaged Rockaway materials, fabric, and graphite that, when put together, form the shape of three volunteers.

One of the paintings, Red Hook by Miguel Garcia, depicts the Statue of Liberty surrounded by random markings. These markings are the result of a fall the painting took during the storm. Initially, while painting the piece, Garcia was watching the Statue of Liberty from Red Hook.

Another photograph, also set in Red Hook, is entitled Reddy or Not, taken by Brock Mills. This was shot one week after the storm hit. The majority of the photo is red, which depicts paint from the art studios. To Mills, the paint resembles blood, representing how devastating Sandy was to Red Hook.

The Brooklyn Arts Council is only a couple of stops away from Brooklyn Tech on the R line so it isn’t hard to visit. It has several artworks that truly commemorate Hurricane Sandy and remind visitors about this event that has affected so many in New York. Visit the http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/ for more information and plan your visit today.


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