Friday, December 07, 2007

Nessie Visits Brooklyn

(Photo from PhotoJeff's Flicker via Gothamist)

Since Halloween, visitors to the Salt Marsh Nature Preserve in Brooklyn have been met with a shocking sight. Sitting in Gerritsen Creek near Avenue U and E. 33rd Street is a twelve-foot long mythical monster that's rarely spotted outside of Scotland.

The Brooklyn Nessie is a sculpture created by artist Cameron Gainer. A 3-D recreation of the most famous picture of the Loch Ness Monster, the artwork will remain in the park until December 15.

Last year, in the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, Gaines displayed a Bigfoot sculpture based on a frame from the first video of the ape-man. (See more photos at Cryptomundo.)

I love Gaines's work--and not because I'm fascinated by Bigfoot and Nessie. Imagine jogging through a park and finding a mythical beast in your path. It's not something you'd be likely to forget--and it might just inspire you to open your eyes and pay more attention to the world around you.

Read more here.


Blogger Kitty said...

COol!!~ (yay, first comment!!) I thought it was real at first!! >.<

11:58 AM  
Blogger Spring said...

I wish they'd do that to parks here in Toledo! I'm sure Mr. H would agree.

2:24 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Ooh... I (heart) Nessie! The bigfoot one creeps me out...but YAY NESSIE!!!

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kitty i totoly thought so to

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

I should make a model of Bigfoot and put it on the shoulder of the busier road by my house. Then I could stand behind it and watch people's reactions.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES! Cool! *sigh* I. Want. One.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

That is such a cool idea, Patsee!
I thought it was supposed to be real too!

6:10 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

totally awesome - must get to brooklyn soon!

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Ginnyweasley007 said...

wow! new york is so cool! but what would be really cool is if they made a unicorn! i heart unicorns, and collossal squid!
(O O)
\ V /
(i know it's wierd)

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

I wonder how much papier mache it would take to make a sasquatch.

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Cool...can I ride Nessie? You can ride dolphins, why not a... monster?;)

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Alexxis said...

They're making a movie about the Loch Ness Monster called The Sea Horse! You should check it out!

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nellie did you
know dolphins talk? I'm fluent! Yah-ee sque? Agh!


3:07 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Maybe because of the "man-eating" part...

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

Yeah, maybe.
Just maybe.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Hey Ananka: Question:
Have you read Pride and Prejudice, and if so, did you get the names for a couple of people in Kiki Strike from there? I thought you might've 'cause of Principal Wickham and Mrs. Young.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Dark Rose said...

now THAT would be a fun art prodject!
"create a life-size sculpture of a mythical beast of your choice."
Ha! im so doing that for school!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Maddi said...

that's so cool! and i too thought it was real at first.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Nellie: I have read Pride and Prejudice. The names might have stuck in my head, but I wasn't really thinking of those characters. I did, however, name the teacher in Book 1 (Ms. Jessel) after a character in The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. (Oh, and the chicken in Book 2 after a friend of mine.)

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Cupcakedoll said...

Random: when we were doing pottery in art class, I made a small statue of the Loch Ness monster. I also made a crystal ball stand, hoping to someday have one to tell the future with. The teacher was confused by me.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Cupcakedoll: You've come to the right place! Your special skills will certainly be appreciated here.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous theatre said...

dude my brother crashes the internet and we all suffer in my family :( but yeah I HAVE MISSED SOOO MUCH :(

12:23 PM  
Blogger falcon said...

Wow!!! I luv nessie, did you know that the famous picture of Nessie was a fake?

7:01 PM  

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