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Concrete Canvas: NYC public design competition

   /   Mar 23rd, 2011New York City, News

photo courtesy of AFHny Studio

At its best, public art can transform urban landscapes from utilitarian to thought-provoking and give neighborhoods a renewed sense of ownership. Got an idea for a successful public art project? Architecture for Humanity Studio (AFHny Studio) might have the space for it. AFYny is a New York-based collaborative, and part of the New York chapter of Architecture for Humanity. AFHny Studio acts locally and aims to to improve the urban landscape through “design-driven social change.”

AFHny Studio is currently offering a competition called “Concrete Canvas,” which invites design submissions for a mural that will be painted in a high-visibility area near the Grand Concourse. The deadline is March 25th, and all are welcome to submit. Details about the format of the design can be found on the AFHny Studio blog. The top 15 entries will be featured in the Bronx Museum, and the grand prize will be installed through a collaboration between the artist and AFHny Studio, including involvement from residents of Carroll Place, located in the site where the mural will be installed near the Grand Concourse area.

Since forming a year and a half ago, AFHny Studio has carried out installations in the Bronx that add green space to areas adjacent to the Grand Concourse, a major thoroughfare that connects the Bronx to Manhattan and is also a residential area and a registered Historic District. Their installations have been carried out with support of the Bronx Museum, which holds “Family Affair Days” that invite community members to help with the initial installation as well as upkeep such as watering plants.

Additionally AFHny Studio is raising funds through the online crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to do some maintenance work on their installations in the Bronx. They are aiming to raise the funds to do the upkeep by April 15.

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