Four years after Hurricane Sandy hit the shores of New York, Berlin artist Katharina Grosse has spray-painted Fort Tilden’s ruined aquatics building in Queens, covering it in the fiery red of a Rockaways sunset.
The building was left structurally unsound after Sandy hit in 2012 and is set to be demolished by the end of the year. To give the seaside ruin the send-off it deserves, MoMA PS1 commissioned Grosse to spray-paint the building. The design is inspired by “the bold colors of sunset in the Rockaways,” according to the project description, but the red streaks and smears of color also resemble a bloody crime scene.
The outdoor exhibition is part of MoMA PS1's “Rockaway!” series, which began in 2013. It's open to the public now until Thanksgiving on November 24, after which the building will be demolished.