Sunny's Bar Mural to Show Red Hook's Otherworldly Side

By Nikhita Venugopal on October 17, 2013 7:35am 

 Jen Ferguson with her newest mural at Sunny's Bar in Red Hook.
Jen Ferguson with her newest mural at Sunny's Bar in Red Hook.
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Jen Ferguson

RED HOOK — Brooklyn artist Jen Ferguson didn’t want to just hang paintings on a wall for her newest work at Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook.

Instead she designed “Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland,” a four-paneled mural that reflects the neighborhood’s “otherworldly” feel, she said.

Ferguson started creating the temporary mural for the Conover Street tavern last summer but she had to delay the project after Hurricane Sandy flooded the bar.

On Friday, Oct. 18, Ferguson will finally unveil her new piece in the back room of Sunny’s Bar, which celebrated its reopening in August.

The mural, which will be on display until December, features the abominable snowman, a purple octopus and even a giant red lobster (a nod to the famed Red Hook Lobster Pound) to portray the fantastical feel of the neighborhood, she said.

Ferguson was inspired by “Ship of Fools,” a book of satire published in 1494 that discusses the foibles of man — a theme she wanted to resonate in her own work.

Despite the mural’s enchanted world, Ferguson hopes it will remind revelers of a story or character in their own lives, she said.

“The more drinks you have… the more you’ll see yourself,” she said.

For more information on the event, visit this website.

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