Closing Bell: Making Noise Under the BQE


The artist Ellie Balk has partnered with the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project (MARP) to bring a music landscape underneath the BQE. Called “Soundwaves,” the mural will be painted on the large wall on Park Avenue under the BQE, near Steuben Street in Clinton Hill. The artist collaborated with over 10 pianists who live close to the BQE, by drawing the distance between their hands as they play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. These “sound waves” will be layered to create an orchestra of lines, reflecting a landscape. Says Balk: “Residents living near this stretch of highway are confronted by the continuous cycle of the sound of bustling traffic. This mural will allow residents to see something beautiful and bright and to be inspired to hear the sounds of the highway in a new way.” Residents and local groups (ages eight and up) are invited to participate in the process by painting with the artist over a 3-week period, beginning on September 16th. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here.