Timeline Set for Interim “Paths to Pier 42” Program

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 at 6:18 am by
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Downtown denizens might revel in the knowledge that the photogenically decaying Pier 42 will become a public park for the Lower East Side. However, that transformative dream boat is at least five years away from docking. That leaves plenty of time in the interim for alternative uses, and the Hester Street Collaborative is spearheading the effort with the “Paths to Pier 42” initiative.

While the political machine slowly creaks its way into operation, “Paths to Pier 42” will temporarily transform the recently-created waterfront park into a pop-up series of art installations. The pilot program is set to drop in the summertime, but the planning has already commenced. Tuesday evening, reps from the Hester Street Collaborative presented the 2013 schedule for the Community Board 3 Arts Task Force.

By the end of this week, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council will release a limited, invite-only Request for Proposal (“RFP”) to roughly sixty artists and ten architects with experience in the field. Five designer teams will be chosen in March, leading to a total of five art installations at the pier. Each group will reportedly receive a $5,000 stipend, and offered a materials/installation budget of up to $5,000. The Parks Department and their public art program are also lending services.

A community day is scheduled to coincide with the second annual New Museum Ideas Festival in May.  It had been postponed due to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.

Below is the full timeline:

January
Release of closed RFP to artists and designers.

March
Deadline for applications; juried selection process

April-June
Artists/designers meet with Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance members, advisory committee and community members.

May
Community Day in conjunction with the New Museum, Ideas City 2013.

June-July
Build installations.

July
Public launch of Paths to Pier 42.

July-November
Public programming.

December
De-installation.

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