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'UrbanCanvas' Turns Construction Sites into Works of Art

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Eight artists are vying for the opportunity to transform New York City's eyesores into artwork.

The urbancanvas design competition seeks to beautify construction sites by challenging artists and designers to create artwork which can be installed on construction fences, sidewalk sheds, and supported scaffolds, the structures used to protect the public from falling debris during the construction process.

"These designs will re-define the look of our streets and our city," said Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri. "I am confident the winners will transform bleak and often unappealing construction sites into visually stimulating, inspiring elements of the city's streetscapes."

The eight finalists created designs ranging from the geometrically abstract to realistic city scenes. The public can go online and vote for their favorite designs until October 1. The urbancanvas competition is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation's grant to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

Which design do you think should win? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.

"Breathing Wall" by Monika Bravo
"Bang" by Jiyoun Lee-Lodge
"...of special concern" by Chris Shelley
"Color Mesh" by Mauricio Lopez, Jesse T. Ross
"Untitled" by Corinne Ulmann
"JazzLine" by Philip Wolfson, Chris Ridout, Maxim Nilov
"My Urban Sky" by Jen Magathan
"Untitled" by Jordan Seiler

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Comments [3]

Rita Tezanos-Pinto from Sacramento, Ca

Capturing art work by Jiyoun Lee Lodge.
The title, thought, and colors are most definitely pronounced in this Sophisticated design.

Sep. 30 2010 09:47 AM
michele zaccheo

monika bravo's is the most elegant, offering a reflection of new york city upon itself. it's delicate and at the same time cool and urban. the title, 'breathing wall', says it all: it's a permeable contour, a surface with depth that nestles nicely into the cosmopolitan canyon.

Sep. 28 2010 11:09 AM
Tim Schreier from NYC

Wonderful on top!

Sep. 24 2010 07:32 AM

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