Inspired by Betty Crocker's proclamation that "pies are distinctly American," Anissa Mack's Pies for a Passerby is an interactive installation that brings a quaint cottage to the bustling plaza of the Brooklyn Public Library. Mack (b.1970, USA) bakes fresh apple pies from scratch inside the tiny cottage —complete with all of the necessary kitchen tools, including an oven—and engages viewers in conversation while she rolls pie crusts, slices apples and mixes ingredients. Mack sets the pies to cool on the windowsill, tempting passersby to "steal" the freshly baked apple pie.
Pies for a Passerby is a project of the Public Art Fund, commissioned through In the Public Realm, a program of site-specific proposals and projects by New York artists.
In the Public Realm is supported with public funds by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and with generous support from, The Greenwall Foundation, The Silverweed Foundation, The JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and friends of the Public Art Fund.
Pies for a Passerby was made possible with the cooperation and support of the Brooklyn Public Library.
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