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New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art

Permanent art installation of a 43ft ceramic tile mural for the lobby of PS19Q, Corona Queens
 

1964 World’s Fair

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The 1964 World’s Fair came to New York at an interesting time. It aimed to represent modernity and forward-thinking, as families began the migration from the city to utopian planned communities on Long Island. The fair was seen as a bridge between the city and suburbs. I have referenced the architectural structures and patterns from the fair in my collage work as it serves as a personal anchor. Having grown up in one of Long Island these images represent the American Dream and a positive vision of the future. I choose these references for the PS 19 Q project as a way to teach a new generation of New Yorkers about the vision of the future and give them a new lens with which to view their own future. 

This work features elements and exhibits from the 1964 World's Fair, reimagined into a natural landscapes. The final installation will be a 43 ft x 10ft ceramic tile mural in the lobby of PS19Q in Queens, where the students overlook reminants of the fair site at Flushing Medows Park. 

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The Process

Working with tile maker Andru Eron from New York Tilemakers 

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