Transforming urban spaces: 2 Staten Island NYCHA buildings get an artistic makeover, Staten Island Live

Transforming urban spaces: 2 Staten Island NYCHA buildings get an artistic makeover

Transforming urban spaces: 2 Staten Island NYCHA buildings get an artistic makeover, Staten Island Live

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — There are more than 300 miles of construction fencing and sidewalk scaffolding in NYC, and if you’re a true city dweller, you probably rarely notice them. Made of plywood and smudged with dark green paint, they’re a ubiquitous eyesore, but are also considered a universally accepted part of life in the five boroughs.

But ArtBridge, a Manhattan-based non-profit whose purpose is to transform those prominent urban spaces into gallery-quality exhibitions, is changing the way we look at that unsightly scaffolding. Here on Staten Island, the group has recently embellished the exterior of two prominent public housing buildings.

“While these temporary protective structures and fencing are part of the urban landscape, in most instances they are unappealing and represent the inconvenience of construction projects,” the organization notes on its website when describing “Present Power / Future Hopes,” a group exhibition that aims to amplify the voices of New York City’s 400,000 public housing residents. “[The installation] celebrates 50+ outdoor exhibitions by 59 New York-based artists at 16 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in all five boroughs.”

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