Art + Culture

The Paparazzi Dogs Arrive in DUMBO

DUMBO, Brooklyn (April 29, 2016) — The DUMBO Improvement District, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Art Program and Brooklyn Bridge Park, is pleased to announce that Paparazzi Dogs, by Australian husband-and-wife team Gillie and Marc, have been installed in DUMBO, beneath the iconic Manhattan Bridge in the Pearl Street Triangle and at the entrance to the Main Street Dog Run at Plymouth and Adams Streets. They will be on display from April – October 2016.

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Gillie and Marc’s Paparazzi Dogs sculptures have gone from being an art experiment about photographing celebrities to being sought-after celebrities in their own right. A cheeky play on the ever-present photographers shooting the iconic and picturesque streets of DUMBO and the equally present population of neighborhood dogs, DUMBO makes for an ideal location for this playful art.

“We’re so excited that our Paparazzi Dogs are in New York,” says Gillie. “They’ve travelled the globe taking photos, and now they’ve arrived at this fun, trendy place that has been photographed more than anywhere else, and that leaves you feeling so stimulated.” Alexandria Sica, DUMBO Improvement District executive director, adds, “DUMBO plays hosts to thousands of photo shoots a year, and is a seriously dog friendly neighborhood. We love how the sculptures mix two of DUMBO’s most loved accessories: cameras and canines. With the epic Manhattan Bridge as your backdrop, pose for the Paparazzi Dogs and step into your very own Brooklyn photo shoot.”

About the DUMBO Improvement District:
The DUMBO Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting DUMBO, Brooklyn. The Improvement District showcases DUMBO as a world-class destination, advocating on behalf of DUMBO’s businesses, property owners and residents. The organization provides supplemental sanitation services, marketing, economic development, neighborhood programming and long-term planning. For more information, visit dumbo.is.

About NYC Department of Transportation Art Program:
Launched in October 2008, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program invigorates the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The Program partners with community-based organizations and artists to present murals, sculptures, projections, and performances on plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, and sidewalks for up to 11 months. Projects are presented within four program tracks: Community Commissions, Barrier Beautification, Site to Site, and

Arterventions. For more information, visit nyc.gov/dotart.

About Gillie and Marc:
Gillie and Marc have worked side by side for over 25 years. The husband and wife team are Sydney-based contemporary artists who collaborate to create art as one. Gillie and Marc first met in Hong Kong. She was a nurse from England and he was a boy from the ‘burbs’ of Melbourne. Instantly they realized they’d found their soulmate. Seven days later they were married in the foothills of Mount Everest. The artists paint, sculpt and photograph with the goal to create joyful, thought-provoking and interactive works that celebrate

unlikely unions while inspiring us to re-examine the status quo. Their work is held in collections all over the world. gillieandmarc.com

About Brooklyn Bridge Park:
Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park spanning 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. As steward of the park, BBP has transformed this previously deteriorated stretch of waterfront into a world-class park where the public can gather, play, relax and enjoy sweeping views of New York Harbor. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, rolling hills, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel. BBP serves thousands of people on any given seasonal day, who come to picnic, walk their dogs, play soccer, jog, bike or roller skate. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a signature public investment for the 21st Century and will be an enduring legacy for the communities, elected officials and public servants who made it happen. For more information, please visit brooklynbridgepark.org.