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Joy Brown

A large scltpture of a rounded kneeling figure on the broadway pedestrian plaza

Broadway, 39th & 40th
April 25, 2023 — August 31 2023
Garment District Plaza

A large joyful and endearing bronze sculpture is taking a moment on Broadway in the Garment District.

Kneeler, by Joy Brown, holds a quiet power, and creates a friendly space on our large pedestrian plaza, inviting us to touch and play. Its presence conveys a universal spirit of harmony and optimism that transcends culture, gender and age.

For more information and photos of Joy Brown's other sculptures, view her book

A large bronze, mostly featureless sculpture kneels in the canyon of buildings on broadway

With more than 47 years of experience working with clay, Brown draws inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic, which springs from her childhood and a traditional ceramic apprenticeship she completed in Japan. Brown has exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, China, and Japan, and her ceramic and bronze figures and three-dimensional wall installations are represented in prominent private and public collections around the world, including parks, sculpture gardens and urban public spaces. Since 2009, Brown has been working on a series of large-scale bronze works in collaboration with Purple Roof Gallery and Atelier in Shanghai, PCR. 

Artist Joy brown leaning on her sculpture, Kneeler

The sculpture – which is free for viewing and will be available to the public through August 31st – is part of Garment District Art on the Plazas, a year-round public art program made possible through Arterventions, a subpart of the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Art Program. The Garment District Alliance and DOT work closely to coordinate and install exhibits and individual pieces, which enhance public plazas and make them even more welcoming to New Yorkers.