Here’s a little something to brighten up the foreboding fence on Rutgers Slip bordering the apartment complex known as Lands End II. A public art project was recently installed along the one block stretch just above South Street.
This is the work of artists Chet Travieso and Sam Holleran. The temporary exhibit, “We Call This Place Home,” is part of the Department of Transportation’s Art Program. As the signage explains, it’s meant to “celebrate the existing Two Bridges neighborhood.” The different shapes represent actual local residents, affirming the “building blocks of a strong neighborhood.”
This site, of course, is where L+M Development Partners and the CIM Group are hoping to build two enormous residential towers, one measuring 800 feet. It’s one of three controversial projects being proposed in the Two Bridges area. Residents have argued that the new buildings will destroy the character of their community. A draft Environmental Impact Statement was expected from the developers months ago, but it has not yet materialized.