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3D printed in white nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
BK-17: "Garden Urn for East Flatbush" by Talbot & Yoon
East Flatbush is a residential community in Brooklyn to the Southeast of Prospect Park. The area has a rich demographic history. Following World War II, the area was populated by Jews and Italians, and during the 1960s, it saw an influx of African Americans. Today, the neighborhood is predominantly occupied by West Indian immigrants from countries such as Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad.
The housing in the area is primarily single-family row housing set back from the street, allowing for small front yards which, as they are fenced off from the street, often feature finials and statuary that are representative of their inhabitants’ backgrounds; lions, shields, and pineapples. The same diversity of statuary is evident in Holy Cross Cemetery, which occupies the geographic center of the neighborhood. In addition to single family housing, the neighborhood features several notable apartment buildings including Flatbush Gardens, which was nicknamed “The Front Page” for its infamy as the site of many drug related murders in the 1980s and early 1990s drug epidemic that ravaged the area.
The Garden Urn is Talbot & Yoon’s proposal for a provisional monument to the shifting demography and culture of East Flatbush. Fragments of the area’s representative finials and statuary were assembled in the manner of John Soane’s pasticcio column and then shrink-wrapped, preserving them as a figural chimera opposed to bricolage. The overlaid pattern, reminiscent of digital surface continuity analysis, an Italian decorative motif, African fauna, or a prison uniform, further breaks down the distinction between parts. Future fragments can be similarly synthesized into TheGarden Urn’s figure; the monument in continuous revision, accommodating heretofore unknown changes to the neighborhood.