The Art Production Fund is presenting an art installation by David Brooks called “Desert Rooftops” at 46th Street and Eighth Avenue. The installation is worth noting not only for its size and unusual look but also for the fact that it’s built on top of the last empty lot in one of the densest neighborhoods in all of Manhattan. The installation uses asphalt-shingled rooftops to create a vision of an overdeveloped land in a dynamic composition reminiscent of a rolling, dune-like landscape. The sculpture is picturesque and familiar, offering a much-needed sense of humor to help digest the somber environmental issues we face today. Brooks' sculpture references art history, giving a nod to artist Robert Smithson's earthworks and artist Gordon Matta-Clark's building cuts. The installation will be up until February 5, 2012. David Brooks is an American sculptor and installation artist whose work considers the relationship between the individual and the built and natural environment. He obtained his BFA from the Cooper Union and his MFA from Columbia University.