DOT Art presents, “We Call this Place Home,” a series of 124 sculptures mounted on drive rail posts by artist team Chat Travieso and Sam Holleran in collaboration with State Senator Daniel Squadron and Hester Street Collaborative (HSC). HSC uses design as a tool for social change and believes that youth and engaged residents are among a community’s greatest assets. The team conducted workshops at local neighborhood community centers and modeled the brightly colored abstract shapes after drawings created by members of the Two Bridges/Lower East Side community. Continue reading
DOT Art presents, “Our Treasures are Within,” a mural painted within a 100-foot pedestrian tunnel at 88th Road and Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose Manor, Queens. Joel Bergner’s brightly colored narrative mural was the finishing touch of the transformation, creating an inviting corridor for pedestrians of all ages. “Our Treasures are Within” celebrates the empowerment of youth. Prior to installation, the artist hosted workshops with students from the neighboring school, St. Gregory the Great School, to develop concepts and designs for the mural. Continue reading
About a year ago I heard that they closed off Times Square in New York City to cars (OCPer Andrew Horberry commented on this at the time). This closure meant that the entire space would be reserved for pedestrians, cyclists and people who wish to use the space with new seating provided throughout the area.
Two weeks ago I had a chance to experience this first hand on a trip to New York City. Yes, they had re-opened one small part of the street to vehicle traffic, however, much of the space is still reserved for people and plants and fun on a semi-permanent basis.