Check Out This Massive Sculpture of The Notorious B.I.G. Near the Brooklyn Bridge
A new nine foot sculpture of The Notorious B.I.G. called “Sky’s the Limit in the County of Kings” has been erected near the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Notorious B.I.G. is synonymous with New York City. Whether it’s a historical celebration or a metro card, his legacy is embedded inside of Brooklyn’s DNA. And now, he’s immortalized as a statue.
A new nine foot art installation called “Sky’s the Limit in the County of Kings” has been erected near the Brooklyn Bridge (at the northeast corner of Prospect Street and Washington Street). The statue is gorgeous, featuring Biggie wearing a crown and Coogi sweater. He’s gazing at the city like he owns it.
The statue was designed by NYC artist Sherwin Banfield and it was constructed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, which is next year.
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The sustainable and interactive statue is carefully curated with Bronze, Resin, Stainless Steel, Winterstone, and Wood. And to ensure you don’t miss it, a special DJ mix is played featuring Biggie’s hits. (There is a built in audio system powered by a solar energy.)
Banfield talked to Artnet news about the statue. He said:
“I wanted to take something classic then remix or sample it with something new and fresh.”
The statue was made in collaboration between the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and The Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund. According to Banfield, he had previously sketched out a design for a monument dedicated to Biggie and jumped at this opportunity after his cousin told him about it.
“The location had a profound impact on the work… It’s on a hill, and I wanted viewers to ascend towards a regal monument and be welcomed with open arms and two essential human qualities: the voice through a microphone and love via a heart.”
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum is planning to immortalize The Notorious B.I.G. with a statue in Brooklyn. The organizers of the Biggie Memorial Project are currently looking to raise $35,000 in an effort to do so. The statue will be placed in the Putnam Triangle Plaza in Clinton Hill near the rapper’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
A six-foot tall sculpture of the Notorious B.I.G.’s face has already been sculpted by Brooklyn-based artist Tanda Francis. The sculpture was originally on exhibit at the 210 Gallery in New York but the display ended. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum now intends to bronze the statue and move it to a permanent location.
A Go Fund Me page has been launched for the Biggie Memorial Project in an effort to cover the costs. The fundraising page says the $35,000 will go towards the design, bronzing, expenses involved in getting approval from the city, mounting, compensation for the artists and a donation to the Christopher Wallace Foundation.
“This cultural arts attraction will surely be a tourist and economic draw as fans and tourists from around the world come to visit the #BIGGIEMEMORIAL,” stated Chairman JT Thompson, creator of the HHHOF Awards and Museum Project.
It appears to be a perfect time for the Biggie Memorial Project to launch as the nostalgia for Bad Boy Records is currently at an all-time high. The recent reunion shows for the label were a huge success. That should only continue to grow as Diddy and more will embark on a nationwide tour in August.
The statue will remain on display until Spring 2023.
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