Abandoned building installation by Katharina Grosse

Abandoned building on the beach upcycled with red and white paint

This incredible art installation called Rockaway! is an old aquatics building at a former US Army base in Fort Tilden, New York. Structurally unsound due to the affects of hurricane Sandy in 2012, the abandoned building is set to be demolished later this year.

Interior of abandoned building on the beach upcycled with red and white paint by artist Katharina Grosse

Artist Katharina Grosse was commissioned by MoMa PS1 to create a work of art that would bring awareness to the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay, as being one of the most fragile ecological zones in New York City.

Abandoned building on the beach upcycled with red and white paint by artist Katharina Grosse

The public art installation was a collaboration with Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, Central Park Conservancy, NYC Parks & Recreation and Rockaway Beach Surf Club, as well as being supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Interior of abandoned building on the beach upcycled with red and white paint by artist Katharina Grosse

The derelict building, including the interior, was spray painted in vibrant oranges and reds – colours inspired by the sunset, creating a beacon of colour on the beach.

Abandoned building on the beach upcycled with red and white paint by artist Katharina Grosse

Grosse expands her canvas to the sandy area around the structure. MoMa PS1 says, ‘Grosse’s installation work seamlessly combines subtle nuances of light and shadow, characteristic of traditional landscape painting, with the weight and spectacle of large-scale sculpture. These sprawling and sculptural landscapes evoke the physicality of action painting and earthworks through their gestures and monumentality.’

Abandoned building on the beach upcycled with red and white paint by artist Katharina Grosse

Abandoned building on Fort Tilden beach covered in red and white paint by artist Katharina Grosse

Abandoned building on Fort Tilden beach covered in red and white paint by artist Katharina Grosse

Images courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).