The Alliance for Downtown New York today unveiled Re:Construction, a book of images that celebrates and chronicles a six-year public art initiative to transform often unsightly construction barriers into public canvases for artists to create temporary art installations.
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Click here to view our press release on the book.
Re:Construction is a public art program produced by the Downtown Alliance. This initiative channels the energy of Lower Manhattan's rebuilding process by recasting construction sites as canvases for innovative public art and architecture. Each project uses standard construction barriers to embrace the ongoing nature of Lower Manhattan's redevelopment with original and whimsical design. The Downtown Alliance works closely with public and private developers to produce each installation.
2012 Projects Currently Up for Viewing
Around the Corner - Greg Lamarche (Chase Plaza)
Inspired by the dynamism of his native New York City and its culture, Greg Lamarche’s collages combine the city’s relentless rhythm and a dynamic use of color and strong geometric forms that interpret the power, elegance and rebelliousness of urban creativity. Around the Corner is comprised of shapes inspired by block letters, repeated to form a complex graphic skyline of color. The three dimensional aspect causes the viewer at first to see the overall design as receding into the background. At closer examination, the image also moves forward and projects into the viewer’s space. This back and forth tension simultaneously creates a feeling of invitation and sense of being overwhelmed.
2011 Projects Currently Up for Viewing
Walks of Life - Claire Johnson (Church & Warren Streets)
Walks of Life captures the diverse faces of Lower Manhattan and portrays the mix of cultures, ages, genders and styles that can be seen at any given time. In this collection of moments frozen in time, the viewer can feel the vivaciousness and energy of New York City presented as a single snapshot. “The inspiration for Walks of Life came from the unique mix of people who live in downtown Manhattan, specifically in Tribeca,” says artist Claire Johnson. “I wanted to represent an extended community of people from all different walks of life in an image that layers them together with each other and with art, fashion and nature -- a representation of how we as New Yorkers are layered together into communities, neighborhoods and the city itself.”
Life, Actually - Kinga Czerska (50 West Street)
Life, Actually by artist Kinga Czerska borders the Time Equities Inc. construction site at 50 West Street, and runs along the site's three facades, on West, J.P. Ward, and Washington Streets. Originally composed of three separate works, each with a different color variation inspired by a different element of nature, the three merge to create a holistic, puzzle-like composition. Czerska intends the work’s intensely structured surface to make use of the elemental, geometric forms to seek an order for the world around her, which is at times chaotic, yet at the same time graceful, precise, elegant, and balanced. The project was curated by Ayelet Danielle Aldouby and Elinor Milchan of ARTEA Projects.
Walking Men 99™ 2nd Edition – Maya Barkai (new 2011 edition at 99 Church Street)
Driven from the associative vocabulary of urban circulation and metropolitan life, the “walking man” figure is an international celebrity that appears in various forms in cities around the world, transcending all cultures and languages. Printed in human scale, the “walking men” come to life as they are juxtaposed with one another, taking on a newly charged global and symbolic metaphor. The individual images were assembled in a collaborative process with professional and amateur photographers from around the world via www.walking-men.com, as part of Barkai’s Walking Men Worldwide Initiative™. The project is a cultural representation and a subjective interpretation of our urban identity.
WardWalk (Phase 1) - Omnivore, Popular Architecture and L'Observatoire International (MTA Battery Parking Garage)
WardWalk illuminates the vital pedestrian connection between the east and west sides of Lower Manhattan. The elevated, twisting ribbon above the pedestrian passageway in the Battery Parking Garage and alongside J.P. Ward Street was designed by Omnivore with Popular Architecture and L’Observatoire International. Phase 1 was installed in the Fall of 2011, and Phase 2 will complete the installation in 2012. Please click here for more information.
Wayfinding - Poulin + Morris (50 Trinity)
The Downtown Alliance, with graphic designers Poulin + Morris, also developed a temporary wayfinding signage system that complemented our permanent wayfinding system, in order to meet the heightened navigational needs of a neighborhood in transition. Wayfinding and informational signage provided orientation and directional aids in areas of high foot traffic adjacent to major construction sites to mitigate the district’s construction-related confusion.
2009 Projects Currently Up for Viewing
Flying Animals – Caitlin Hurd (99 Washington Street)
Displayed courtesy of ARTEA Projects on the corner of Washington and Rector Streets, Caitlin Hurd's Flying Animals is inspired by suburban and rural landscapes and domesticity to symbolically weigh the promises of happiness and predictability against everyday's complicated realities. The mural aims to create a contrast between the hectic city and the tranquility of rural life.
Past Projects (no longer available for viewing)
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