Piece description from the artist
Plein air painting along the Prospect Park Lullwater in Brooklyn. This body of water is fed by the same source as New Yorkers' drinking water. It's an artificial water course, initially designed in the mid 1800's by architects Olmsted and Vaux. I find the artificial constructed aspect fascinating. Many folks view this area as "nature" yet it is inextricably tied together with our culture. The water is recently overrun with green algae, a byproduct of some type of phosphorous added to the city water system to mitigate the effects of lead pipes. The explosion of green algae is called "eutrophication" and can adversely effect the health of the water body.
The designers of the park utilized views to give an illusion of unending space. I spent the day here at the edge of the body of water under the cloud covered sky and observed, lost in the unfolding elements of nature in the city.
Noel Hefele was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. His love for art grew out of a childhood obsession with comic books, and he currently paints landscapes. Noel is interested in the power of vision and what it means to really see something. To him, landscapes are shared spaces that represent what we have in common; he hopes that by looking at and valuing our environment, we can come to understand our place in this world a bit better.
Noel received his B.F.A. in painting from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a master's degree in arts and ecology from Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom. As of 2020, Noel lives and works in the Bronx, New York.