2016 Annual Juried Competition
I live on 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and the Williamsburg Bank Tower has always been my anchor. Until recently, it was the lone skyscraper towering over all the other buildings in the skyline. That has changed. Starting in 2013, developers began constructing steel and glass skyscrapers nearby that are almost as tall as the Williamsburg Bank Tower. The construction hasn’t stopped.
Completed in 1927, the Williamsburg Bank Tower is a modernist skyscraper capped with a Rennaissance-style dome. The architects fought against the dome, but the client insisted, making this building what the AIA Guide to New York City called “New York’s most exhuberant phallic symbol.”
I began photographing it in the mid-2000s, simply because I love the building. What began as a project about one building and its surroundings, became a project about time, documenting the changing Brooklyn cityscape.
Sally Minker lives in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. She has won grants and awards from Artists Space in New York City; the Connemara Conservancy, Dallas; and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, Baltimore.
Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibits in the US and Europe, including shows at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; HERE Art, New York, NY; The Snug Harbor Art Center, Staten Island, NY; and Areale99 International Kunstfestival in Germany. Her work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and William Paterson University.
Artist’s website: www.sallyminker.com