Public artwork illuminates scaffolding and fences in New York

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Scaffolding is normally an eyesore, but a public initiative has turned it into an art installation. The initiative, ArtBridge, is now on display.

It’s one of New York’s largest public art initiatives, and NYCHA residents have been involved in the process. Over the course of 10 months, ArtBridge commissioned 59 local artists in a citywide open call. Many of these artists have direct relationships with art sites.

More than 50 new, original and site-specific works stretch for almost three kilometers. The artwork is derived from hundreds of art-making workshops and community events with NYCHA residents.

NYCHA partner locations include: Baruch, Polo Grounds, Taft and Lillian Wald in Manhattan; Brownsville, Howard, Ingersoll, Red Hook East and Red Hook West in Brooklyn; Adams and Mitchel in the Bronx; Astoria, Pomonok and Woodside in Queens; and South Beach and Todt Hill in Staten Island

Public artwork was printed and installed on vinyl throughout the city, including on scaffolding and construction fencing.

The program is a partnership between the City Artist Corps, NYCHA, and the City Canvas program, an initiative of the New York City Mayor’s Office and Department of Cultural Affairs. The exhibit is open to the public through July 23, and the artwork will hang in NYCHA buildings throughout the fall.

If you want more information, visit the Art Bridge website here.