Closing Bell: The Mosaic on Wyckoff Street


Today the Brooklyn Bureau profiled the artist behind the house mural at 108 Wyckoff Street, a work in progress of ten years. Susan Gardner, the artist and Boerum Hill resident of 40 years, began the mural in earnest after the September 11th Attacks. “It was one of those things that seemed to change the tilt of the world,” she told the Brooklyn Bureau. “Once I started [the mural], I couldn’t stop.” Now she spends every summer expanding upon the artwork. (She plans to work on it for another ten years.) There are a few good stories about passerbys stopping for a picture and people leaving broken plates and beads on her doorstep. And one lady tells Gardener, “I don’t know what it is, but when I’m feeling down, I come by this house. And like that, I’m feeling good again.”
Brooklyn Edges: A Mosaic Grows as Boerum Hill Changes [Brooklyn Bureau]

6 Comment

  • nice to see something different!

  • daveinbedstuy

    Second rate compared to the obsessive compulsive work of the mosaics of Isaiah Zagar and his Philadelphia Gardens….

  • daveinbedstuy

    Second rate compared to the obsessive compulsive work of the mosaics of Isaiah Zagar and his Philadelphia Gardens….

  • BoerumHill

    When my commute was the F train, I would go a block out of my way just to pass by – or go down an extra block on my way to dinner on Smith St. It is a simple beautiful expression, and it would bring me joy just to admire it.

    Keep on trucking, Susan. You are a treasure to your neighborhood.

  • thebrooklynbrawler

    This house always reminds me of the Bohemian New York City long lost that I grew up in. I love looking at property in general, and consider myself a fan Brooklyn architecture. I get a boner every time I see an arts and crafts, fully restored yadda, yadda, yadda, but no other building in Brooklyn seems to evokes the sense of nostalgia that I have when I pass this one. I remember the city used to be swimming with these, especially in the East Village. Back when buildings were cheap enough to be used as canvases.

  • thebrooklynbrawler

    This house always reminds me of the Bohemian New York City long lost that I grew up in. I love looking at property in general, and consider myself a fan Brooklyn architecture. I get a boner every time I see an arts and crafts, fully restored yadda, yadda, yadda, but no other building in Brooklyn seems to evokes the sense of nostalgia that I have when I pass this one. I remember the city used to be swimming with these, especially in the East Village. Back when buildings were cheap enough to be used as canvases.