The developers of Essex Crossing are seeking proposals for a gigantic mural to be created on the facade of 145 Clinton St.
That’s one of four buildings under construction in the first phase of the project. The mural could be as long as 220 feet. It will be located on the western side of Essex Crossing Site 5. Proposals are being accepted from both emerging and established artists.
In a statement, Don Capoccia of BFC Partners said, “The Lower East Side’s street art legacy is as rich as any neighborhood in the city, so we’re hoping to both honor and continue that tradition though this mural… We’re eager to see submissions that really speak to the artistic heritage of the LES.” BFC, L+M Development Partners and Taconic Investment Partners make up Delancey Street Associates, the consortium building the 1.9 million square foot project in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area.
More submission information is available here.
In this building, there will be 211 rental apartments, half of them affordable. Market rate leasing is expected to begin later this year. The large wall, near Suffolk St., is adjacent to the site of a future public school. The school has not been funded by the city and state, meaning construction is years away, if it happens at all.
Street art is a theme running through the Essex Crossing project. In June, the developers partnered with LES street artist Hanksy for a show inside a former Essex Street Market building which will soon be demolished for affordable senior housing. One of the buildings in the Market Line, an underground facility in the Essex Crossing complex, will be reserved for galleries, performance spaces and other creative ventures. According to a press release, “Delancey Street Associates is also working with LES street artists to facilitate large-scale installations within the Market Line and at several exterior locations.”