Earlier this year, the NYC Parks invited local artists and designers to envision the barriers as blank canvases for art. What transpired were concepts that transform the normally sterile white barriers into stunning works of art that depict different aspects of the Rockaways from the sounds of waves to the more abstract beauty of the ocean. The project encouraged artists to offer proposals that consisted of a simple bold pattern that could be painted by untrained volunteers using stencils in a single day. Additionally, artists were encouraged to account for the function of the barrier and its uneven surface, as well as the community’s design preferences, which were gathered at a community brainstorming session on April 16.
The barriers will be painted by volunteers, with assistance from NYC Parks and other agencies, later this summer. Interested volunteers are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org
The finalists’ designs will be displayed at the MoMa PS1 VW Dome (Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway) May 25 & 26 between 2-6 and will also be available to view online.