Beaux Arts Ball 2023 photo gallery

Beaux Arts Ball 2023: SEA CHANGE celebrated circularity, reinvention, and the interdependence of planetary ecosystems and the built environment. In 2023, the Ball returned to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Agger Fish Corp.’s Building 269, site of our 2019 and 2022 events. This year, the space was transformed anew with an immersive installation by Brooklyn-based studio CO Adaptive, conceived in dialogue with this year’s theme, and with lighting designed by Joel Fitzpatrick and Ken Farmer. The exuberant graphic identity was once again crafted by Michael Bierut, Britt Cobb, and their team at Pentagram.

A note on Catch Up, the 2023 Beaux Arts Ball installation by CO Adaptive

Building 269 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard is an exquisite remnant of its time, standing unchanged after more than 80 years. We wanted this installation to enhance its inherent beauty, and aimed to create something that would adapt to, and be distorted by, the expansive open space, highlighting its vast height and immense depth. The building’s proximity to the East River underlines its vulnerability to rising sea levels, and it was our desire to bring climate change to the forefront.

The textural and colorful fishing nets that create the transparent tent are simply borrowed. We sourced them from Net Your Problem, which collects used nets from fisheries in Massachusetts, and will send them to recyclers who will reuse them in new product manufacturing after the installation is taken down. Hanging from the tented nets, and providing beautiful natural undulations, is rockweed. This was sourced locally through Lobster Place, who are committed to being good stewards of our community, our resources, and the environment. After the Ball, the rockweed will be donated to local urban farms to be composted and added to garden beds, where it increases nitrogen. Increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere result in a larger uptake of CO2 by the ocean. Rockweed, alongside other seaweeds, represent important photosynthesizers that, like their terrestrial counterparts, absorb CO2 and thereby regulate the pH levels of the ocean. By creating an installation that treads ever so lightly, we wanted to draw attention to how much catching up we, as an industry, have to do to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Photography by Leandro Viana

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