In an attempt to decorate the thousands of temporary protective structures that surround construction sites across the city, the New York City Department of Buildings is launching a design competition that invites artists and designers to use these structures as a way to display their art.
Supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to the Mayor’s Fund, Urbancanvas asks participants to create designs for fences, sheds, and other support and safety structures such as scaffolds and cocoon systems. Under a DOB pilot program, members of the building and construction community will select the winning designs to feature on a temporary protective structure. The NYC Construction Codes currently prohibits, with limited exceptions, the posting of any material on temporary protective structures. Property owners also have the option to place a rendering of the exterior of the project being built as a substitute to the art. Winning designs can include the name of one art sponsor displayed in accordance with the pilot program specifications.