A new sculpture at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge pays tribute to the art and legacy of the city’s most notorious hip-hop legend.

The new, nine-foot sculpture sits on the northeast corner of Prospect Street and Washington Street. Dubbed, ‘Sky’s the Limit in the County of Kings’, it is a tribute to Christopher ‘the Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace.

The new nine-foot sculpture sits on the northeast corner of Prospect Street and Washington Street. Photo: Provided/DBP.
The new nine-foot sculpture sits on the northeast corner of Prospect Street and Washington Street. Photo: Provided/DBP. Credit: Noemie Trusty / Dumbo

“Located at one of Brooklyn’s most iconic locations — the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge — this installation will allow New Yorkers and visitors to explore how B.I.G.’s native city shaped his artistry,” said Regina Myer, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

The DBP and the DUMBO Improvement District unveiled the new monument on Dec. 6.

“This is a spectacular piece that will greet countless New Yorkers,” said Alexandria Sica, president of Dumbo.

“Giving space to new kinds of monuments and works is what a public art fund is all about. We are very proud to be hosting this work.”

True to the subject, the public art piece will feature an audio experience. The creator of the sculpture is Sherwin Banfield.

“Delivering this project means so much to me personally. My story and artistic development as well as countless fans of hip-hop culture who continue to be positively affected by the communal experiences and sonic frequencies of B.I.G.’s artistry,” Banfield said.

A new sculpture at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge pays tribute to hip-hop legend Christopher ‘the Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace.
The public art piece will feature an audio experience. Photo: Provided/DBP. Credit: Noemie Trusty / Dumbo

He aims to challenge the traditions of western public sculpture by representing his African American artistry and lineage.

“I cherish the significance of the potential impact on young children of color who will have an opportunity to experience a public sculpture that represents and reflects their identity, circumstance and/or dreams,” he continued.

Dumbo Public Art Fund provides funding for the project. It is exhibited as part of NYC Parks’ Art in the Park program.

“The Notorious B.I.G. has had a profound impact on the music industry. And there is no better way to honor his legacy than with Sherwin’s tribute,” Myer added.

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  1. Continuing to insult the legacies of our real and true heroes. Rap stars are not the best foot we put forward. The real King and kingmaker of Brooklyn was a major property owner and employer of many. His name is James (Jim) Cuffee, a direct descendant of the shipbuilder Paul Cuffee who helped transport Africans to Liberia. For many years Mr. Cuffee operated hotels on Gates Avenue, Lincoln Place and Washington Ave. His properties were swindled away by powers that were behind Pratt Institute and Mr. Cuffee was constantly warning the Black community that they were coming after his properties. In his elderly and weaken years those bastards finally succeeded.

    1. I concur Mr. Edwards…. Hip Hop is an art form that is just a continuum of the creative expression in Black culture which I have loved since the late 70s, however it is not and should not be celebrated as a culture of and by itself. Although this is not a permanent installation that will last for decades to come…. take it for what it is….just another temporary commercial art installation for DUMBO. Another King of Brooklyn was James Weeks, founder of the Weeksville community.

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