The New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Art Program has announced the selection of four individual artists and one artist team from a pool of 158 applicants to beautify a nine-hundred foot pedestrian tunnel at 191st Street and Broadway in Washington Heights.
All but one artist team lives and works in New York City and the greater New York area.
Each artist or artist team will be assigned two wall segments, each measuring 200 feet in length by 8 feet in height, to transform with dynamic, colorful murals over the course of a one week period starting the week of May 11th.
A project-specific committee of outside arts professionals selected local Washington Heights artist Andrea von Bujdoss (Queen Andrea); Bronx-born and raised artist Fernando Carlo, Jr. (COPE 2) who currently resides in Hopewell Junction, New York; Queens-based artist Nick Kuszyk; Brooklyn-based artist Nelson Rivas Cekis; and Maryland-based artist team Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn.
The installation of the five murals will coincide with a previously scheduled MTA weekend tunnel closure at the 191st Street 1 train station. Artists will be granted access to the tunnel over the course of a one week period, with a partial closure for prep work occurring a few days in advance of painting.
The tunnel will remain accessible to the public during the partial closure.
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