Artists Sought for DOT’s Barrier Beautification Project

Posted on: February 20th, 2014 at 6:04 am by

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Barrier Beautification, 2013, Photo: NYCDOT

Jersey Barriers around the city are being muralized this Spring. Yep, selected ugly gray slabs that divide bike lanes from vehicular traffic are getting a colorful facelift. The Barrier Beautification project has been happening in spurts since 2010, with the latest installation having commenced this past fall. NYCDOT has an ongoing partnership with the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) and New York Cares, the city’s largest volunteer management organization, to jazz up these dull road partitions.

There’s a $2,000 honorarium to make this makeover happen, plus a $500 stipend for supplies. NYCDOT and NY Cares will provide materials and tools to paint the design, plus a team of volunteers to assist in the process.

Here’s the skinny – designs must:

• consist of a simple, bold pattern that can be painted using stencils over one day by volunteers who may     have no training in art;

• consider the uneven surface condition of the barriers;

• consider the function of a barrier as a protective divider within the public realm;

• be solely the result of the artistic effort of the artist; and

• be unique, original and not infringe upon any copyright or the rights of any person.

Be advised: 1999 called and needs all hardcopy proposals to include “one copy on a CD-ROM.” Submissions need to be postmarked no later than Friday, March 7, 2014 for consideration; hand delivered proposals are a no-go. For more details and application materials, head here.

Specific locations for this round are still TBD while the proposal process is underway – any barriers on the LES you’d want to see beautified?

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