Construction in New York is endless. While scaffolding, cones and jackhammers have become part of the city’s natural scenery, a group of New Yorkers have taken to the streets to beautify one of the affected areas on the brink of the East Village and Lower East Side. John Neville and Pebbles Russell, two streetwise artists, are transforming a large gray construction trailer into a rotating outdoor gallery featuring the works of local artists on every surface of the structure. The Centre-Fuge public art project launches this week, and it will showcase a new artist every two months for at least the next year.
The drab trailer that so haunted Neville and Russell has been parked on the south side of East 1st Street between First and Second Avenues since 2011 as a temporary office for the Second Avenue subway construction crew. The Centre-Fuge project allows for the community to enjoy the presence of construction for a change while giving artists the opportunity to showcase their work and collaborate with others in a heavily trafficked (and pretty hip) area.
The first installation, premiering this week, will feature the art of Osvalso (OJ) Jiminez, Matt McCormick, Samuel Jojo Ashford, Optimo, and Dr. Whom. The final piece, set to go on view with the completion of the subway line, will be a cumulative mural of all the artists involved over the year as well as public school art programs and children’s groups. The Centre-Fuge public art project is made possible through the Department of Transportation, the Lower East Side Girls Club, Materials for the Arts, the First Street Block Association, and ManhattanCommunity Board 3.
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