City launches competition to beautify construction sites.
Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin launched the urbancanvas Design Competition, a contest seeking to challenge professional artists and designers to use temporary protective structures throughout New York City as blank canvases on which to express their creativity through public art.
Supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, the competition asks participants to create designs for construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoon systems, which are used to protect New Yorkers during construction.
In a dense urban environment such as New York City with a high volume of construction, temporary protective structures are installed at thousands of buildings and storefronts as a safety measure during construction operations.
But these structures obstruct the City's streetscapes and can become an eyesore to residents and pedestrians.
This competition is designed to beautify these structures with creative and compelling public art on or over City-owned property and encourage their maintenance to enhance public safety.