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Putting the Paint to the Pavement in Times Square

Pedestrians in Times Square stopped to watch this morning as workers sprayed bright blue paint across the streets. It's the beginning of a public art project in the five pedestrian plazas on Broadway between 42nd and 47th streets.

 

The Department of Transportation sponsored a contest earlier this spring for a new design for the plazas.

Brooklyn designer and artist Molly Dilworth won the competition. She was glad to see progress after rain delays yesterday and this morning

"It's really exciting we got back to work. It feels good to get moving and see some more paint on the ground we're hoping to move to a second color today."

Dilworth's design, called "Cool Water, Hot Island" lays out flowing lines in different shades of blue and white that reflect sunlight and deflect heat from the pavement.

The swirling design is temporary while the DOT finalizes a plan for a permanent re-design plan in Times Square.

 

 

 

Artist/designer Molly Dilworth checks the weather in Times Square where painting is going on between rain showers on her "Cool Water, Hot Island" project
Artist/designer Molly Dilworth checks the weather in Times Square where painting is going on between rain showers on her "Cool Water, Hot Island" project ( Amy Pearl )
Lines and numbers mark the surface of Broadway in Times Square where painting has begun on "Cool Water, Hot Island"
Lines and numbers mark the surface of Broadway in Times Square where painting has begun on "Cool Water, Hot Island" ( Amy Pearl )
Artist/designer Molly Dilworth watches as Gillie Etnel spread paint inside the lines on Broadway in Times Square. Roy Jones looks on.
Artist/designer Molly Dilworth watches as Gillie Etnel spread paint inside the lines on Broadway in Times Square. Roy Jones looks on. ( Amy Pearl )
Roy Jones and artist/designer Molly Dilworth, check the plans for her public art project in Times Square.
Roy Jones and artist/designer Molly Dilworth, check the plans for her public art project in Times Square. ( Amy Pearl )
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