public art

Art, Downtown Brooklyn

“Arrivals + Departures” by YARA + DAVINA. Photo © Sam Polcer

Outside the main entrance to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, there’s a new public art installation that “offers a meditation on birth, life, and death through the simple, yet powerful act of naming.” Created by UK-based social practice artists YARA+DAVINA, the memorial called “Arrivals + Departures” takes the shape of a traditional train station arrivals and departures board, listing the names of those who have been born (“arrived”) or passed (“departed”).

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Art, Chinatown, holidays

Photo by @just_a_spectator

Public artist BKFoxx recently debuted her new mural in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Located at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School 131 on Eldridge and Hester Streets, the piece representing the Year of the Ox is titled “Onward.” The artist tells us that she was inspired by what the Ox represents–honesty, hard work, stubbornness. “No better time than now for that theme, moving forward into 2021 and learning to be resilient,” she says.

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Art, Events, Midtown

Photos by Alexandre Ayer / @diversitypics for the Garment District Alliance

The Garment District Alliance has unveiled a new public art exhibit in the Broadway plaza between 39th and 40th Streets. Called Prismatica, it’s made up of 25, six-foot-tall pivoting prisms that reflect the colors of the rainbow and turn the street a “glimmering winter kaleidoscope.” The piece was created by RAW Design in collaboration with ATOMIC3 and is on view through January 30th.

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Art, Meatpacking District

All photos © Brake Through Media

American sculptor Tom Fruin has brought his famous “Icon” series to Gansevoort Plaza in the Meatpacking District. The installation, which is a welcome dose of color in the cold winter months, consists of one large “house” and seven smaller “satellite homes,” all made in the artist’s signature stained glass-esque design. During the day, the sun shines through the glass, casting colorful refelections, and at night, the pieces project multi-colored LED lights onto the cobblestone plaza.

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Art, Events, Midtown West, Policy

Plastic Bags, Bag Ban, Times Square Arts Alliance, Robin Frohardt, The Plastic Bag Store

Photograph by Maria Baranova-Suzuki courtesy of Times Square Arts.

With the new ban on single-use plastic bags hitting New York on March 1, a conversation has been started–and in some cases, continued–about the effects of our consumption on future generations. As important and complex as the topic may be, award-winning Brooklyn-based artist, puppet designer, and director Robin Frohardt has found a way to shine a creative light on consumption, conveniences, and the impact of single-use plastics. Located in Times Square, “The Plastic Bag Store” is an immersive, site-specific public art installation and three-act puppet show, on view from March 18 to April 12 at 20 Times Square.

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Art, DUMBO, Events

Connect BTS, Antony Gormley, New York Clearing, public art, brooklyn bridge park

Antony Gormley, “NEW YORK CLEARING,” 2020; Approximately 18km (11mi) of 25.4mm (1in) square section aluminum and steel spigots. Installation view, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3, New York City, 2020. Photograph by Christopher Burke. © the artist

Top British sculptor Antony Gormley’s “giant drawing in space” opened Wednesday at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 3 as part of an international public art project, Connect, BTS. The project is a collaboration between popular South Korean boy band BTS, who introduced the project’s New York City installation, and a select group of artists in cities around the globe. The installation, “New York Clearing” (2020), will be open to the public from February 5 to March 27, 2020.

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Art, Upstate

Fitzhugh Karol’s “Approach” sculpture, installed at the beginning of the bridge path in Rockland County; rendering courtesy of The New York State Thruway Authority

Eight local artists have been selected to install artworks along the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’s 3.6-mile bicycle/pedestrian path. The New York State Thruway Authority partnered with ArtsWestchester and the Arts Council of Rockland to commission the works, which include five sculptures, four bicycle racks, and one mural. They’ll be placed at both ends of the bridge, at the Rockland and Westchester Landings, and along the side path in South Nyack. All of the commissions are currently underway and will be installed in the Spring.

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Art, Midtown

Times Square Arts, Valentine's Day heart 2020, eric forman studio, MODU, public art

Photos by Ian Douglas

Times Square Arts debuted the 2020 Times Square Valentine Heart yesterday, a tradition that started in 2009. This year’s installation, Heart Squared, was selected by the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and designed by MODU and Eric Forman Studio. The sculpture is composed of a 10-foot-tall cubic steel lattice structure that approximates the form of an anatomical heart and 125 mirrors that are suspended within and tilted at various angles to create a kaleidoscopic collage of the urban environment. The arrangement of the mirrors might seem random at first but they’re precisely calibrated to form an anamorphic projection—meaning that the mirror array creates a surprise image when viewed from a specific vantage point, which is marked on the ground with white paint.

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Art, Events, Green Design, Roosevelt Island

Figment, ENYA, SEAoNY, city of dreams pavilion, art, public art, design, roosevelt island, architecture, competition, design competition

Rendering courtesy of Murr Architekten

Arts organization FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) have just announced the finalists in the 2020 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition. The competition is an annual program that invites designers to create a temporary architectural pavilion that is efficient and sustainable while considering the life cycle of the building materials used. This year’s pavilion will be in Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island.

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Art, South Street Seaport

wave field, seaport, pier 17, public art

All photos courtesy of Wagstaff New York/The Howard Hughes Corportation

As 6sqft shared last week, The Garment District Alliance unveiled its latest public art installation, a collection of 12 oversized, illuminated seesaws titled “Impulse,” that emit various sounds as New Yorkers play on them. If you’re looking for even more giant interactive seesaws, you’re in luck: Wave-Field is now lighting up the lower Manhattan night. Now through the end of March, you’ll find the installation of illuminated musical seesaws at Seaport Square next to Pier 17.

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