I was under the JMZ elevated subway line in South Williamsburg today near Marcy Ave when I noticed this steel rose bolted to the ground:
I’m not sure if this was commissioned by the city, or installed by an anonymous artist under the cover of night – there wasn’t a plaque around to explain its origins. It’s very provocative – the thorns on the stalk look VERY dangerous…
…and the petals don’t look like they want to be touched either.
I’m pretty sure it’s spraypainted, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the type of thing that changes colors every week or so. A tough flower for a relatively tough neighborhood.