[UPDATED] Mall-teration Unveiling Today on Allen Street Mall

Posted on: October 1st, 2010 at 6:12 am by

A summer of sanctioned artwork on a section of the Allen Street Mall is finally realized.  Today at noon, the Hester Street Collaborative is officially unveiling its months-in-the-making “Mall-terations” project. Artists and volunteers who participated will reportedly be on hand for the so-called ribbon cutting. [UPDATE: We’ve just received word that the ceremony is postponed due to inclement weather.]

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As previously documented, the Mall-terated medians are located in the few-block stretch between Delancey and East Houston. The ultimate goal for this network of colorful neighborhood maps, timelines, street names, and wheel-operated “compass benches” is to celebrate the heritage of the area.  In their own words, the Mall-terations “celebrate the history of immigration on the Lower East Side and transformation of the Allen Street corridor into a public park for the neighborhood.”

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The temporary installation will remain in place through summer 2011. By that point, though, the paint will probably be chipped and faded into oblivion.  However, we imagine the benches will continue challenging neighborhood skaters to jump higher.

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