Rockaway barrier gets a splash of color
by Andrew Pavia
Jul 24, 2013 | 1270 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photos: Parks Department
Photos: Parks Department
Photos: Parks Department
Photos: Parks Department
An ordinary gray barrier in the Rockaways was turned into the canvas for what would become the longest mural in the history of New York city.

After receiving more than 50 submissions from local artists, the Parks Department and a committee of Rockaway artists and designers narrowed the field down to 10 finalists.

Over 500 community members voted for their favorite at MoMA PS1’s VW Dome 2 on Rockaway Beach.

“The mural is a symbol of the strength of the Rockaway community and just another reminder that Rockaway is getting back on its feet after Hurricane Sandy,” said Parks Commissioner Veronica White.

This barrier separates a pedestrian and bike lane from vehicular traffic along Shore Front Parkway and Beach 74th to Beach 107th streets. It is more than a 1 ½ miles long.

The three artists that were chosen for the project were Jade Chan, John Garcia and Patty Harris.

Chan called her design “In Flight” because when she visited Rockaway Beach she was inspired by the warmth, sun and colors that jumped out at her from the sky, water and sand.

Garcia, a surfer who frequents Rockaway Beach, used his portion of the barrier to focus on his hobby. He painted images of Rockaway surfers riding waves, as well as birds and beach themes.

Harris is inspired by the sea and movement of water, and she created shapes that express the movement of a wave, adding curves and an array of colors to reflect actual water.

The project was part of the NYC Service’s annual “Intern Day of Service,” dedicated to allowing city interns the opportunity to provide hands-on assistance to a community.

“There is no better place to be celebrating this day than in the Rockaways, a community deserving of the renewed hope symbolized by the mural being painted today,” said Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Buford.

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