Sometimes it seems like every street in New York City has one or two buildings with scaffolding bridging the sidewalk.
Sure, those boxy, plywood scaffolds and sidewalk sheds are there to protect pedestrians from overhead construction or dangerous facades, but they can be an eyesore.
Would that change if they were covered with art?
That's what ArtBridge, a non-profit organization based here in Chelsea, hopes to find out during its upcoming public art exhibition.
Tomorrow is the deadline Update: deadline extended! You now have until July 16 to submit entries for the ArtBridge 2010/2011 Exhibition, an upcoming public art project that will transforms overhead construction scaffolding at eight locations into temporary exhibition space for the work of emerging artists.
After a successful 480-foot inaugural installation on West Chelsea's historic London Terrace Gardens (which included paintings by Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond), ArtBridge intends to bring its first-of-its kind projects to all five boroughs, beautifying neighborhoods while giving emerging artists unprecedented exposure.
Each location will feature up to 25 artists, so there will be lots of opportunities to showcase your work. All chosen work will be enlarged to billboard size, printed on eco-friendly, fade resistant material, and hung prominently outdoors from three months to one year. Artists are encouraged to submit their entries by the end of the day tomorrow.
To learn more about the Artbridge Exhibition or read the submission guidelines, visit www.art-bridge.org.