Sunday, March 9, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] NYC DOT

It's been about 4 years since I've been in New York City - yikes! 

I love love love New York and I am so happy to see that it keeps improving for its citizens. Check out what the Department of Transportation has helped implement over the past year...


"Ruby Walks"

The New York City Department of Transportation and THE POINT Community Development Corporation have partnered with Bronx-based artist Sharon De La Cruz to present "Ruby Walks," a series of painted metal panels depicting Ruby Bridges along a bridge at Hunts Point Avenue between Bruckner Boulevard and Garrison Avenue. As part of the open call held by THE POINT, artists were asked to explore "portraits" that relate to the past and present in their surrounding neighborhood. Cruz chose the iconic image of Ruby Bridges, the first African American student to attend an all-white elementary school in the South, because she represents change, community and female empowerment.

"Ruby Walks" by Sharon De La Cruz

"Ruby Walks" (please note, that is not a knife in her hand, it is a school book)
"What We Came For"

The New York City Department of Transportation's Urban Art Program in partnership with the Historic House Trust of New York City and artist Cara Lynch present, "What We Came For," a mural painted on a step street located adjacent to the Bronx Museum of Art. The mural draws inspiration from the historic houses of the Bronx, as well as art deco influences apparent in the surrounding Grand Concourse area. Artist Lynch has pulled various patterns and colors directly from textiles and architectural elements from the historic houses of the Bronx. Similar to her previous work, artist Lynch continues to examine themes of private vs. public and domestic vs. urban within this mural. This site was previously beautified by artists Valeria Bianco, Christian Gonsalvez, Justin Taylor and Shagun Shigh with the installation "ARTfarm in fall 2010 and artist Oscar Lopez with the mural "ARTfarm" in summer 2011.

"What We Came For" by Cara Lynch
"What We Came For"
"Sight Scene"

The New York City Department of Transportation's Urban Art Program, New York Cares and the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit organized two Barrier Beautification painting events in conjunction with New York Cares Service Day on Saturday, October 19, 2013. The Urban Art Program is collaborating for the first time with a current student at FIT as part of the Barrier Beautification program. Brooklyn-based artist Brittany Falussy joined volunteers to beautify 200 feet of concrete barriers along Bruckner Boulevard and Gerard Avenue in the Bronx.
The illustrative design "Sight Scene" depicts different colored heads wearing various eye glasses. The design is inspired by the artists many trips on the subway and seeing no only all different types of people, but all different types of eye ware.

"Sight Scene" by Brittany Falussy
"Sight Scene"
"Pre Hispanic Patterns"

The New York City Department of Transportation's Urban Art Program, New York Cares and the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit organized two Barrier Beautification painting events in conjunction with New York Cares Service Day on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Brooklyn-based artist Melissa Godoy Nieto joined 12 volunteers to beautify 500 feet of concrete barriers along 161st Street and Gerard Avenue.
The design titled "Pre Hispanic Patterns," was inspired by Pre Hispanic art and hierogylphs, as well as traditional graphics and patterns found in textiles. The gold, turquoise, black and white colors were selected from precious stones from the Aztec and Mayan era in Mesoamerica.

"Pre Hispanic Patterns" by Melissa Godoy Nieto
"Pre Hispanic Patterns"
"South Halftones"

On the 138th Street Bridge in the Bronx, the New York City Department of Transportation's Urban Art Program, El Museo del Barrio and artists Elian and Pastel beautified two bridge walls with "South Halftones." Known as the "Gateway to the Bronx," the underpass is the only bi-directional bridge connection between Manhattan and the South Bronx. Beautifying the site makes for a warmer welcome to vehicular, pedestrian and cyclist traffic into the Bronx.

"South Halftones" by Elian and Pastel
"South Halftones"
"Lovely to See You"

As part of the NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program’s Asphalt Art Activation initiative, NY Cares and the DOT Bike Share Program present “Lovely to See You” by Brooklyn-based artist Emily Caisip at the Franklin Street Bike Share station. On the first day of the two day installation, the DOT Bike Share staff primed the site with a vibrant blue color. On the second day, NY Cares volunteers assisted in the implementation of the colorful red leaf design. The leaf pattern was inspired by leaves that are strewn about on many of our New York City streets. The placement of the leaves was spontaneous, while creating a sense of order and pattern at the same time. This project was the first for the Asphalt Art Activation initiative, which activates asphalt with murals around bike share stations throughout the city.

"Lovely To See You" by Emily Caisip
"Lovely to See You"
"Now & Then"

The DOT Urban Art Program partnered with the Flatbush Development Corporation and artist Lev Zeitlin to present "Now & Then," a decorative mural at Dorchester Avenue between East 16th Street and Marlborough Road in Brooklyn. The simple painting technique utilized a color palette complimentary to the tree-lined streets and Victorian architecture in the neighborhood. Over the course of two weeks, volunteers assisted the artist with implementation of the mural. The artist and partner organization hoped this mural would enliven and activate the bridge on Dorchester Avenue.

"Now & Then" by Lev Zeitlin
"Water Gate"

The DOT Urban Art Program partnered with the DUMBO BID and artist Casey Opstad to paint a pixalated mural onto a metal fence located within the Manhattan Bridge Archway in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Over a two week period, Opstad created "WATER GATE," an abstract composition of water. The artist selected water imagery for the fence because of the neighborhood's proximity to the East River waterfront and the overall global importance of water. The Urban Art Program is excited to produce art at this site for the first time and to be collaborating with Opstad to breathe life into a new venue for public art in Brooklyn.

"Water Gate" by Casey Opstad
"Water Gate"
"PACER"

The New York City Department of Transportation, New York Cares and the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit organized two Barrier Beautification painting events in conjunction with the NY Cares Service Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Fifty-six volunteers assisted Brooklyn-based artists Sarah Strauss and Karin Tehve with beautifying 500 feet of concrete barriers along FDR Drive Service Road East between 35th & 37th Streets in Manhattan.

The design for "PACER" was inspired by abstracted stop-motion elevations of a walker's stride and the acceleration-deceleration of urban car traffic. Varying colors and angled lines were used to impart subtle dimension fostering a sense of volume on a surface that typically demarcates a boundary line.

"PACER" by Sarah Strauss and Karin Tehve
"PACER"

*All photos from NYCDOT's Flickr

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