Trailers (Gowanus Canal from the 3rd Street Bridge)
Oil on canvas
Frame: 13 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 34.6 x 40 x 3.2 cm ) Image (viewable): 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (24.1 x 29.8 cm)
signature: lower left: "EVANS" and lower right: "CATO" inscription: on back of canvas: "'TRAILERS', MARCH 25, 2000 / (3RD ST BRIDGE, GOWANUS / CANAL, BROOKLYN, NY) / NICHOLAS EVANS-CATO / 10 x 12"
View of Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn with box-like structures with windows ("trailers") visible along the bank at the left; water tower in middle distance at the right with gray silhouettes of highrise buildings in the background.
The Gowanus Canal was built in the 1840s to encourage the industrial development that eventually lined its banks, and was critical to the residential and commercial development of Red Hook. The canal, which was heavily polluted for over a hundred years, has recently been cleaned up, and the old industrial buildings have been reclaimed by artists who have established both homes and studios in what were once rundown, neglected structures.
Gift of the artist
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