Fe in a Crowd, Laurence Groux’s contribution to the ArtBridge Installation, The New York Times

Fe in a Crowd, Laurence Groux’s contribution to the ArtBridge Installation, The New York Times

Fe in a Crowd, Laurence Groux’s contribution to the ArtBridge Installation, The New York Times

The management at London Terrace Gardens proved receptive to the idea, and Mr. Durso persuaded Spring Scaffolding to let him use their scaffolding. Mr. Durso found contributors by placing an application on Web sites like that of the New York Foundation for the Arts. The application asked emerging artists for mostly abstract works to be photographed, blown up and possibly cropped, printed on weather-proof vinyl, and exhibited on the scaffolding for six months or more. Mr. Durso received around 100 entries and presented them to a panel of judges using a private Web site. The judges picked 26 artists. (Mr. Durso was not a judge, and his own art was not considered.)Winning artists had to contribute $195 to participate. The total cost, $50,000 to $60,000, was split among London Terrace Gardens, Spring Scaf-folding and the artists. The installation opened March 14 on 23rd Street, between Ninth and 10th Avenues. It covers most of the block, and pieces range from a collage of photographs from High Line plat-forms, to an elegant black and white image of a woman and ants, to a colorful, organic abstract that suggests objects hidden in plain sight.

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