1. Conservation and Relocation of three WPA-era Murals

In the early 1940s, the Works Project Administration (WPA) commissioned abstract murals by artists Ilya Bolotowsky, Dane Chanase, Joseph Rugolo and Albert Swinden for a hospital campus on Welfare Island (now Roosevelt Island). However, since the 1950s, these works were forgotten and painted over multiple times.

With the demolition of the hospital to make way for the new Cornell Tech campus, the murals were uncovered and conserved. Although the Bolotowsky could not be found, the rest were removed and conserved, and will be integrated into new campus buildings.

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