Closeup of pattern sketch for Flow Separation, Photo Courtesy of the Public Art Fund

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)


Starting in July 2018, Public Art Fund and 14-18 NOW will present Flow Separation, a new exhibition by New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach in which the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey will be painted in a contemporary ‘dazzle camouflage’ pattern. Throughout the summer and fall, the dazzled fireboat, currently docked at Pier 66a in Hudson River Park, will be anchored at various docks around New York Harbor and on weekends will offer free, timed trips for the public. Auerbach’s work draws inspiration from the unlikely vibrant camouflage designs painted on ships that crossed the Atlantic during World War I. Taking cues from both animal camouflage and avant-garde movements such as Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism, the geometric forms inspired generations of abstract artists that followed. Treating this decorative art as a visualization of the physics of “fluid dynamics,” Auerbach’s dazzle incorporates the movement and behavior of water into its design. This is Auerbach’s first major public art commission and the first time Public Art Fund has partnered with a boat to realize a new exhibition. Visit the Public Art Fund’s page to see when and how to experience Flow Separation.