Hey all, Bad at Sportswoman and Brooklyn-based artist Amanda Browder, along with the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) are in the process of constructing Future Phenomena, Browder’s temporary public art project sponsored by NbPac and the Brooklyn Arts Council. The goal is to create a fabric public art sculpture on the facade of a building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. In her description of the project, Amanda notes that “Greenpoint and Williamsburg are at the center of the current transformation of our economic life from mass consumption, with its end product of ever more degraded earth, water, and air, to one based on feedback, reuse, recycling…mass re-consumption. Greenpoint (bordered on the north by a waterway so polluted that it has rendered state and local governments catatonic) and Williamsburg are century-long experiments in the sustainability of urban life.

“The public display of art is a critical element in generating and focusing neighborhood responses of the realities of gentrification, ancient toxic waterways, and urban migration. Public art can bring life and awareness to static architectural objects but the “Future Phenomena” will be not only a spectacle of bright colors and flowing shapes, but also a social space for pedestrians, participants and residents. Into this space will flow work, materials, comments, all manner of human energy, to be recycled until the project vanishes, leaving behind a memory of the power of art to transform the mundane.”

If you live in the NYC area, you can help bring this immense, sewn artwork to life at three NbPac-hosted COMMUNITY SEWING DAYS. All of the details provided directly from the source can be found below….

Saturday, March 27th

St. Cecilia’s Convent (with Round Robin)

21 Monitor Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Sunday, April 18th

Lutheran Church of the Messiah

129 Russell Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn



Saturday, May 1st

St. Ann and Holy Trinity Church

157 Montague Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn


DONATE – Contribute your unused fabric to help make the piece! We are covering a building and we need a lot of materials! Looking for cotton, sheets, pants, and non-stretchy fabric, and sewing tools such as needles, thread, and scissors. We are also seeking to borrow sewing machines for just one day or donations of machines for the project. For questions or to arrange donations, send an email to anne.palermo@gmail.com with “NbPac” in the subject header.

CUT – Help cut fabric to form the chevron shape which will make a true spectacle!

SEW – Help sew with easy straight stitches on a sewing machine (tutoring available!) to physically bind the donated fabrics into it’s awesome shape.

CONVERSE – Help cheer on people working, make new friends and meet other community members, learn and collaborate

It will be a fun day of volunteerism and artmaking! Bring your craft-loving family members and friends!

Future Phenomena will be installed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in Spring 2010. To learn more about this project, visit:


Project sketch for “Future Phenonemon”

Amanda politely demands the shirt off this fella’s back.

Claudine Isé