DUMBO, Brooklyn (PIX11) – It’s not every day you see a herd of goats catching rays and a bite to eat underneath the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO.
“I’m unsure what’s going on here. It’s a bunch of goats in a field,” said one passerby.
Those goats and their makeshift field are part of a large “living art instillation” by Brooklyn artist Andrea Reynosa.
The artist partnered with the Smack Mellon art gallery and property developer Alloy – to transform a once rat-infested, abandoned lot into a field of green clover dubbed the John Street Pasture.
“We actually planted crimson clover seeds at the end of March, laid the irrigation and carefully watched as they grew,” Project Manager Jesse Rosenthal told PIX11 News.
In the first week of June the clover bloomed, blushing crimson and serving as the climax for the grounds.
Two weeks later – enter the goats, whose job it is to clear the 6,000-square-foot pasture. The land will ultimately be the site of new condos. From crimson clover to condos, the goats are the final step in the installation – the circle of life for a lot in New York City.
“Andrea Reynosa actually has a farm upstate and that’s what she centers all her art on,” Rosenthal explained. “[It’s about] teaching people on where food comes from, and in the city you don’t experience that a lot.”
“We don’t usually get goats in the neighborhood so it’s definitely a welcomed change. I wish they could be here every day – I think it’s quite awesome.”
Even though the goal of this project was to teach people about agriculture, some here in Brooklyn decided to take something else out of it – a goat selfie.
“Now if you don’t put it on social media it didn’t happen,” said one woman, “You have to make sure you get all your goat action on Instagram for all your followers.”