This Way under the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn, NY | 2009

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This Way transformed the Brooklyn Bridge stairwell and underpass from a dark and forbidding “back door” into a unique entrance to DUMBO. The artwork simultaneously performed aesthetically and practically—both place-making and way-finding. Residents and visitors were engaged by linear light forms, which also guided them through the urban maze. The areas under the bridge along Washington and Prospects streets glowed with a distinctive blue tone from new sidewalk lighting. The art installation worked in concert with new signage to improve the experience of visitors and residents who passed through this significant threshold between the bridge and Manhattan, DUMBO, and other parts of Brooklyn.


NYC Department of Transportation
Percent for Art
DUMBO Business Improvement District

Linnaea Tillett and Karin Tehve, artists
Emphas!s Design, lead design consultant

2009 Lumen Citation and Regional Award, Illuminating Engineering Society
2009 Building Brooklyn Award, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
2009 Wayfinding Design Award, Society of Environmental Graphic Design

Photography: Courtesy of Seth Ely