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Open Call for Local Artists to Create Sculptures at New Public Garden on LIC Waterfront

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An open call has been issued for local artists to create sculptures for an upcoming garden area, pictured, on the Long Island City waterfront (Photo provided by Culture Lab LIC)

Mar. 8, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

Calling all local artists!

A major developer and a non-profit have teamed up to search for local artists who can create sculptures for an upcoming outdoor garden area on the Long Island City waterfront.

TF Cornerstone and Culture Lab LIC have issued an open call for creators to display their own artwork at a new public space located next to Hunters Point South Park. When erected, the artwork will be displayed with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

The garden area is situated between two newly constructed residential towers — 52-03 Center Blvd., a 44-story building, and 52-41 Center Blvd., which is 44-stories. TF Cornerstone is nearing the completion of developing the entire space as part of a public-private partnership.

The garden is expected to be completed by the end of March and organizers are looking to install a number of sculptures there soon after.

The sculptures, organizers say, will be loaned to the property for a set period of time and creators will be paid between $1,000 and $3,000 for the lease of their artwork, depending on its size. A plaque of the artist’s name and information about the sculpture will also be displayed.

The artwork must be original, durable and safe for public viewing without requiring supervision, organizers say. The sculptures must also be able to withstand extreme weather conditions and tolerate strong winds.

Sculpture proposals will be selected for display by TF Cornerstone and Culture Lab LIC representatives. The organizers will prioritize sculptures made by Long Island City residents.

The costs for transportation, installation and removal of the artwork will be covered by TF Cornerstone.

Proposals must be submitted before April 4. For further information or to submit a proposal, click here.

sculpture A section of the upcoming garden area in front of 52-41 Center Blvd (Photo by Michael Dorgan, Queens Post,

An open call has been issued for local artists to create sculptures for an upcoming garden area, pictured, on the Long Island City waterfront (Photo by Michael Dorgan, Queens Post,

The garden is situated between 52-03 Center Boulevard (L) and 52-41 Center Boulevard (R), photo taken from the Oval at Hunters Point Park South (Photo by Michael Dorgan, Queens Post, taken on Dec. 2, 2021)

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"Artwashing" is the term for this

Developers lure artists in, with ridiculously low financial offers, to help make more profit for the already mighty and rich. Artists who fall for this are betraying the public.

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Auguste Rodin

Judging by some of the things I have seen passing for public art over the years, somebody could unload a couple of tons of scrap metal, give it some pretentious title and voila …. a modern art masterpiece!

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