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Source: NYC Parks

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation announced the design finalists for the Rockaway Barrier Beautification and final voting took place this past weekend at MoMA PS1’s VW Dome 2 in the Rockaways. Among the ten finalists were Chris Sayres‘ water and wind composition (above), John Garcia’s tribute to the art and sport of surfing at Rockaway Beach (below) and Katherine Chen‘s Whaleamina-inspired tile pattern (further below).

NYC Parks coordinated with New York Cares,  the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), NYC Service, local civic organizations and the Community Affairs Unit (CAU) of the New York City Office of the Mayor on this Rockaway Barrier Beautification Project. They asked local artists and designers to create vertical murals for the  jersey Rockaway barriers. The barriers are intended to safeguard people and bikers from 74th to 107th Street along the Shore Front Parkway

Source: NYC Parks

Guidelines asked artists to create bold and simple patterns that could be completed in a single-day by volunteers. In their proposals, the artists also planned to take into account community input from a brainstorm session in April. The Rockaway barriers will be artfully painted later this summer.

To see the other seven winners and for more information about this project check out the City of New York Parks & Recreation’s website.

To volunteer for this and other beautification barrier projects visit the Department of Transportation’s website

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