The view from Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River is a classic New York sight. If you have ever stopped to take a closer look, you have probably noticed the iconic Domino Sugar logo painted on the Brooklyn skyline. Before the former sugar refinery is demolished to make way for condos, Creative Time is hosting an exhibit by Kara Walker entitled “A Subtlety” as a tribute to the factory’s history in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Saturday, just ahead of the downpour here in NYC, I crossed the river to check it out.
On display throughout the open factory space, Walker has created several “sugar babies” sculptures from molasses and sugar. The space culminates with a large scale sculpture covered in refined white sugar.
Even though they stopped using the factory in 2004, as you walk though the interior and around the outside of the building, I think one of the most amazing things is that you can still distinctly smell the molasses and sugar that has permeated the brick.
You can find more information about the exhibit here. It runs though July and is only open Fridays through Sundays.