A new public art project is coming to Delancey Street this summer. The Lower East Side Partnership and ArtBridge are teaming up for the installation, which will be located on the south side of the thoroughfare, leading up to the Williamsburg Bridge. There’s an “open call” for submissions through April 3.
You know the spot. It’s where the “Babel Blocks” project has been featured since the summer of 2014. The space, alongside the Essex Crossing construction fencing, stretches from Norfolk Street to Clinton Street. It’s one of the city’s most visible locations; 200,000 cars and trucks use the speedway daily. Here’s more from the ArtBridge website:
We’re looking for illustrators and graphic designers to draft a proposal that hails cycling as a vital component of urban transportation. The installation will be printed on vinyl that will adorn the two 200 ft. fences along the bike path at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge in the Lower East Side. It will be seen by thousands of cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, so the artwork should be visually digestible from those various perspectives. Proposals should be related to cycling and reflect pattern, narrative, or variations on a single graphic. However, artists should create only one proposal for one 200 ft fence; it will be duplicated and installed on both stretches of fencing. Chosen artist will receive an honorarium.
And here’s more about ArtBridge:
ArtBridge empowers emerging artists to transform urban spaces. New York City currently has a staggering 192 miles of street-level construction scaffolding. This ubiquitous construction eats away at the fabric of our neighborhoods. ArtBridge transforms this eyesore into a canvas for local, emerging artists. These exhibitions result in incredible exposure for artists, while artfully reinvigorating our urban landscape.
Click here to begin te application process.