Art Exhibit At Abandoned Williamsburg Sugar Refinery Has New Yorkers Abuzz

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In New York City there is no shortage of world-class museums, but some art lovers are making their way to an abandoned sugar refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for an exhibit that is creating a buzz among critics and viewers.

As CBS 2’s Michelle Miller reported, surrounded by melting molasses figurines of child slaves is the centerpiece: a giant sphinx, 35 feet tall, 75 feet long, and coated with 40 tons of pure white sugar.

Artist Kara Walker showed Miller what inspired her biggest work to date.

“It’s such a beautiful space. It’s doing so much of the work already and I wasn’t sure if I should do a big gesture or something very simple,” Walker said. “(Miller: Well, we know which way you went.) Yea, we know now.”

Walker explained how she went about creating the giant sculpture.

“We had two cement mixers going. We would pour on a 50 pound bag…

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