In a new project, female and non-binary artists have created murals to enliven construction boards in New York City
Construction work in New York City is practically a proverb theres always loud drilling and banging on a set of scaffolding somewhere.
But while New Yorkers might see the green-painted plywood construction slabs practically everywhere the city has over 300 miles of street-level construction one initiative is hoping to beautify the blahs and paint them red, yellow, blue and greens with the help of some local artists, for a new project called City Canvas.
Strangely, it isnt on canvas, but wood. This first project that kickstarts the series features murals from seven New York women and non-binary artists outside of the Google office in Chelsea, where theyve painted on murals that stretch across 8th to 9th Avenue on West 16th Street.
Its powered by ArtBridge, a public art non-profit, who have teamed up with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the mayors office and Google to bring what ArtBridges director Stephen Pierson says, is an initiative to promote early and mid-career artists, but especially those whose backgrounds and narratives have traditionally been disempowered or marginalized.
He adds: We aim to not merely beautify the city but empower local artists to be community-builders.