Baltic in Park Slope is at the center of all things Brooklyn: fine dining, green markets, cultural institutions, and, of course, Prospect Park. The borough has also been a constant source of inspiration for musicians, poets, visual artists, and filmmakers across centuries—from Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” to Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. Today, Park Slope is home to many of the world’s most celebrated artists, screen legends, and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors like Jhumpa Lahiri and Jennifer Egan, among others.
This fall, the free, pan-disciplinary arts festival known as Art Slope will host events that honor Brooklyn’s artistic legacy, as well as its current, thriving creative landscape. Park Slope’s streets, parks, and local businesses will play host to performances, installations, and artist panels. As both a sponsor and participant of Art Slope, Baltic has channeled this neighborhood’s storied artistic heritage by commissioning a new mural by multimedia artist and printmaker Frances K. Segismundo.
Segismundo brings to the project a distinctly cosmopolitan background: Los Angeles-born, Hong Kong-raised, and London-educated, the Filipino artist now calls Brooklyn home. Not surprisingly, Segismundo finds inspiration from a wide range of disparate sources and disciplines—from the landscapes she encountered during her extensive travels, to her years of training and experimentation in fine tattoo art. The arts prodigy participated in her first show in Hong Kong at the age of 12, and has since exhibited works in London and New York, among other locales, and provided designs and mural work for Cathay Pacific Airways.
Segismundo’s mural for Baltic pays tribute to Park Slope’s monuments and vibrancy. In one corner, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch serves as a gateway—as does its real life counterpart in Grand Army Plaza—to the fences, stoops, and everyday monuments in the neighborhood. Below a blazing yellow sun, sprigs of grass and green pathways are interspersed along a meandering series of interconnected homes. Most striking is the Brooklyn skyline, etched here in an almost single line, with iconic fire escapes zigzagging the sides of a building.
With the mural’s bursts of orange and yellow amid the soothing earth-tone palette, Baltic has contributed to Park Slope a perfect encapsulation of the neighborhood’s exultant, inspiring spirit. Art Slope runs from September 17-25, celebrating the artistic vein that runs so beautifully through New York City’s most diverse and creative borough.