NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two letters of the alphabet are bringing two distinctly New York expressions to life in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Artist Deborah Kass told CBS2’s Elise Finch she was inspired by her New York Jewish upbringing to put her twist on Edward Ruscha’s 1962 painting of the word “OOF.”READ MORE: Delta Variant Intensifies Urgency To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19, Health Experts Say
“It just came to me, ‘OY!’ So I made a painting that said ‘OY’ and it was up in my gallery — Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea — and a friend said ‘I passed by the gallery and I saw the painting. You know the reflection said ‘Yo.’ And I said I think I should paint that,” Kass said.
And so she did. Eventually, she wanted to see the two words together and in 3-D, so she created a small OY-YO sculpture.
Recently, Kass was commissioned by Two Trees Management company to create a larger, 8 by 17 foot aluminum version of her piece.READ MORE: Long Island High School Custodian Saves Choking Student With Heimlich Maneuver; 'I Literally Turned Purple'
It was erected on Monday and is already a hit among parkgoers.
“It is very clever, but it’s typical of life. It’s what your perspective is,” said one man.
“I think it’s a good conversation piece,” said another.
Kass said it doesn’t matter which side you see the sculpture from or which word resonates more with you, she just hopes people identify with her artwork.
“I think that’s what we want out of our culture and what we want out of art and what we want out of the world around us: to see ourselves,” said Kass.MORE NEWS: Lodge Constructed In Honor Of Boy Scout Andrew McMorris, Killed In 2018 By Drunk Driver, Opens On Long Island
The sculpture will be on display through August.