Barrier Design Winners Announced
In April, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation asked local artists to propose a design for the barriers which are being installed from Beach 74th to Beach 107th Streets on Shore Front Parkway to protect pedestrians and bicyclists. Artists had until May 15th to submit their designs and locals were welcomed to vote on the proposals at MoMA PS1’s VW Dome 2 on May 25th and 26th.
The top three designs that were chosen were done by Jade Chan, John Garcia and Patty Harris. Chan was inspired by the warmth, sun, colors and sights that she saw while visiting Rockaway. She incorporated this into her design, In Flight, which represents the freedom and strength of the human spirit. Garcia, a local surfer, incorporated images of birds and surfers into his design, which contains the text, “Welcome to Rockaway.” The third design, by Harris, incorporates a rhythmical simple pattern which captures the movement of the waves and is topped off by silhouetted surfers.
The painting has not yet begun, but it is expected to occur sometime after Labor Day. The barriers will be painted by volunteers, with assistance from NYC Parks and other agencies. If interested in volunteering, email artandantiquities@ parks.nyc.gov