New Municipal Project in New York Seeks Design Proposals For Landmark
A new municipal project under the name of "Gateways to Chinatown" has been launched in New York seeking proposals from designers around the world. This design contest is looking for different proposals for a "contemporary marker" which will be erected at the intersection of Chinatown and Little Italy.
According to Bustler, the proposals for this design contest will be accepted until June 19 this year. The program will sanction a budget of $900,000 and the work on the winning proposal will be initiated in early 2018.
This design contest with an aim to build a new iconic district marker will fulfill a long-desired project. The program has been launched by a collaboration of the New York City Department of Transportation, the Chinatown Partnership, and the Van Alen Institute.
According to Artnews, the landmark will be built on the Canal Street triangle, a triangular traffic junction connected by Canal Street, Walker Street, and Baxter Street. The commissioner of New York's transportation, Polly Trottenberg said "Canal Street, one of New York City's busiest thoroughfares, deserves a culturally significant gateway that can welcome the millions of shoppers and tourists that annually flock to the pulsing streets."
Chinatown has been an integral part of the art community of New York City for a while now. Speaking about the project and Chinatown, Council Member Margaret Chin said "I encourage everyone who cares deeply about these iconic City neighborhoods to engage in the Gateways to Chinatown project to ensure that this central location reflects the Chinatown and Little Italy that we love and wish to share with others."
The project is a result of a public forum launched by the organizers back in 2016. It asked the community members and stakeholders to share their views for a suitable and contemporary landmark for the site. The gateways will definitely create a new public space for different communities and tourists in New York's Chinatown. The collaborating authorities are hoping to find the perfect answer for the project through the design contest.© 2019 The Classical Arts, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.