RE:CONSTRUCTION

The Alliance for Downtown New York today unveiled Re:Construction, a book of images that celebrates and chronicles a six-year public art initiative to transform often unsightly construction barriers into public canvases for artists to create temporary art installations.

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Click here to view our press release on the book.

Re:Construction is a public art program produced by the Downtown Alliance. This initiative channels the energy of Lower Manhattan's rebuilding process by recasting construction sites as canvases for innovative public art and architecture. Each project uses standard construction barriers to embrace the ongoing nature of Lower Manhattan's redevelopment with original and whimsical design. The Downtown Alliance works closely with public and private developers to produce each installation.

2011 Projects Currently Up for Viewing

WardWalk (Phase 1) - Omnivore, Popular Architecture and L'Observatoire International (MTA Battery Parking Garage)

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WardWalk (Phase 1) - Omnivore, Popular Architecture and L'Observatoire International (MTA Battery Parking Garage)

WardWalk illuminates the vital pedestrian connection between the east and west sides of Lower Manhattan.  The elevated, twisting ribbon above the pedestrian passageway in the Battery Parking Garage and alongside J.P. Ward Street was designed by Omnivore with Popular Architecture and L’Observatoire International.  Phase 1 was installed in the Fall of 2011, and Phase 2 will complete the installation in 2012. Please click here for more information.

 
Wayfinding - Poulin + Morris (50 Trinity)

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Wayfinding - Poulin + Morris (50 Trinity)

The Downtown Alliance, with graphic designers Poulin + Morris, also developed a temporary wayfinding signage system that complemented our permanent wayfinding system, in order to meet the heightened navigational needs of a neighborhood in transition. Wayfinding and informational signage provided orientation and directional aids in areas of high foot traffic adjacent to major construction sites to mitigate the district’s construction-related confusion.

 

Past Projects (no longer available for viewing)

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