Artist Painting Over Brooklyn Pedestrian Plaza to Create Massive Stop-Motion Video

The Pearl Street Triangle, a pedestrian plaza nestled under the in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, had long been a table-strewn expanse of green concrete where tourists and office workers had lunch, but since last Thursday artist David Ellis has been transforming it into a giant, multi-layered mural that, when completed, will produce a dazzling stop-motion short (one almost as ambitious as the watercolor remake of “Blade Runner”).

“It will be a different thing every day,” Ellis said in the Brooklyn Eagle. “It’s almost improvisation.” By this morning, the ground mural seemed to have reached its completed form, with a figure in yellow being held by two giant hands with a Seussian landscape as a backdrop.

Once the piece — which was made possible by local real estate giant Two Trees, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program, and the DUMBO Improvement District — has dried and been sealed, the plaza will reopen to the public. Ellis, who shows with Chelsea’s Joshua Liner Gallery, is known for his paintings with swirling and striped abstract forms, and his playful installation.

Ellis’s new painting isn’t the only bold-hued addition to the DUMBO streetscape: Tom Fruin’s watertower is just a block away.

Watch a video of a much smaller (but still very pretty) Ellis floor painting taking shape:

And watch Ellis’s stunning animated mural collaboration with the street artist Blu, “Combo”:

— Benjamin Sutton