On the Brian Lehrer Show we're talking about public art, and we want to know what public art project you'd propose. Make it simple, make it over-the-top. Make it realistic, or completely impossible! Note: These aren't actual pitches, just a way to share our ideas. Submit your own idea here.
Imagine standing at a street corner, in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, or New Jersey, looking through a wire-frame opening that defined the profile of the WTC towers. Standing on a specific place, the towers would be remembered by their shape, and by their absence. Close to the site, say at Canal Street, the 'profile sculpture' would be quite large. From farther away, a smaller profile.
Artists from around the city or around the world would be asked to provide their memory or meaning near, or around, or part of the profile. The collection of sculptural profiles would comprise a 'remembering tour' of and for the city.
Locations all over the area
Steve & Jaime
A 3 month installation by International Street Artists all over New York on the sides of iconic buildings that honors New York's place as a Street Art capital. New York is seen worldwide as the birthplace of the hip hop / graffiti scene (70s/80s) but we have yet to claim our place as a Street Art Capital (00s and 10s) in a high profile way. Meanwhile high profile and high quality Street Art festivals are mounted around the world in Paris, London, Norway, Italy, Mexico City... We know who, and we know how!
Have artist highlight ways in which our tax money benefits us all, both in the obvious ways and the not so obvious. If this could be done all around the city it would give people an awareness and appreciation of where their tax money goes.
Balloons over New York days
A Giant Gas Balloon bearing the Neighbourhood's significance, allowed to sail over a buiding that is highest.Flatter neighbourhoods can choose a tree or a spot that is fun, a roller coaster if it is in Coney Island
The weather guys must play a big part to suggest still days.
Neighbourhoods can pick a date out of a bag. There'll be 5 days in summer so all those that wish to participate, have a chance. Taxis/bikes can have car pools or bike pools to travel between balloons.
Artists, engineers, physics, math, chemistry, children can ALL join in and add to the preparation of the balloon.
Once begun, I bet the competition will create wilder ideas each year.
I've always wanted to see Alien invaders around the city. In particular I'd love to see them perched on some building tops. I'm an ironworker ( just wrapped up on tower one) and it can be done. I've sketched designs for it. The best ever was the inflatable King Kong in '83.
Top of empire state, water's edge in Qns & Bk
Hanging Gardens! I would love to see vertical gardens cascading down the sides of skyscrapers in midtown and/or the financial district. Flowers, vegetables, and native species. Aside from visual beauty, the plants would make our air a little cleaner, and bee-keepers could set up shop on the roofs to pollinate the plants and provide yummy local honey to us New Yorkers (and tourists!).
The “Art Stops” project is where I randomly transform a city bus shelter into a gallery for the day. This is an opportunity where art and people stop for a moment to consider the other. Artists get their work in to the public arena and people “stop” for a moment to consider art they normally would not. Open to any and all people that this project speaks to. I would love there to be random street galleries “popping up” throught out the city, country and world : )! What FUN!!!
Sarah Nicole Phillips
File under Theoretical Architecture: Install a hanging walking & bicycle platform underneath the BQE and the city's other elevated expressways. The platform runs the entire length of the expressway and is protected from the elements by road hovering above and is flanked on the side by shade-loving plant like ferns. Imagine the views and exhilaration of being able to walk or ride through the city for miles without stopping for traffic.
The length of the BQE & other expresways
Bring the sheep back to Sheep's Meadow.
I don't take city taxis very often, but when I do, I always wish there was something more interesting than commercials playing on the televisions that are in the back of most city taxis now. What if they instead played artist's videos, music videos, photographs? Content could be submitted online by anyone, for free, and played at random on the screens, so every time you took a cab, you'd see something new and different and interesting and maybe, hopefully, a little surprising. The content would be screened for anything offensive, but otherwise would be open to anyone to participate.
City Taxis, everywhere
Reproducing the the 'Big O' that is at the Sourth Korea World Exposition on Governor's Island. I would bring people to G Island and if positioned correctly could be viewed from lower Manhattan, Liberty Island and Brooklyn water front.
How about making a lot of consecutive gates in Central Park, with an orange curtain (we'll call it saffron), in the dead of winter, and... wait a second... nevermind.