Flowers and Recycled Planters Transform a Step Street in the Bronx

City Terrain, East
Friday, October 15, 2010
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Dedication ceremony for the Bronx's ARTfarm.

The dedication ceremony for the Bronx’s ARTfarm brought together students from PS 73, NYDOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, lead architect Valeria Bianco, and Bronx Museum executive director Holly Block.

A formal dedication for a creative urban intervention called ARTfarm brings flowers and greenery to a formerly barren step street in the Bronx.  Architects Valeria Bianco, Christian Gonsalves, Shagun Singh, and Justin Taylor designed and built the project  with help from Architecture for Humanity and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

ARTfarm transforms a step street in the Bronx (Courtesy NYDOT)

ARTfarm transforms a step street in the Bronx (Courtesy Valeria Bianco)

Drawing inspiration from a nearby farmers’ market, ARTfarm recycles wooden cabinet doors and crates into 59 planters for a variety of plants and transforms a concrete and stone stairway into a lush tiered garden.

ARTfarm received $5,000 in funding from the New York Department of Transportation Art Program, pARTners.  The program seeks to transform New York’s public realm through art and design to create a safer, more inviting streetscape.

“From concrete step streets to chain link fences on ordinary street corners, we’re bringing art to streetscapes citywide to redefine these in-between spaces,” said Commissioner Sadik-Khan in a release. “With the help of our local partners, New Yorkers are rediscovering slices of neighborhoods near and far through colorful artwork that makes these places more attractive, welcoming destinations for everyone.”

ARTfarm was built by local school children, community residents, and Architecture for Humanity volunteers and will be in place for eleven months.  The installation is located on Step Street at 165th Street and Carroll Place in the Bronx.

Planters at the Bronx's new ARTfarm installation. (Courtesy NYDOT)

Planters at the Bronx’s new ARTfarm installation. (Courtesy Valeria Bianco)

ARTfarm installation on a step street in the Bronx. (Courtesy NYDOT)

ARTfarm installation on a step street in the Bronx. (Courtesy Valeria Bianco)

The Bronx's ARTfarm installation brings flowers to the urban landscape (Courtesy NYDOT)

The Bronx’s ARTfarm installation brings flowers to the urban landscape (Courtesy Valeria Bianco)

ARTfarm in the Bronx (Courtesy NYDOT)

ARTfarm in the Bronx (Courtesy Valeria Bianco)

ARTfarm installation in the Bronx (Courtesy NYDOT)

ARTfarm installation in the Bronx (Courtesy Valeria Bianco)

Installing plants at the ARTfarm in the Bronx (Courtesy AFHny Studio)

Installing plants at the ARTfarm in the Bronx (Courtesy AFHny Studio)

Construction work at the ARTfarm in the Bronx (Courtesy AFHny Studio)

Construction work at the ARTfarm in the Bronx (Courtesy AFHny Studio)

Students help install the ARTfarm installation in the Bronx (Courtesy AFHny Studio)

Students help install the ARTfarm installation in the Bronx (Courtesy AFHny Studio)

Students help with the ARTfarm installation in the Bronx (Courtesy AFHny Studio)

Students help with the ARTfarm installation in the Bronx (Courtesy AFHny Studio)

Conditions at the ARTfarm site before installation (Courtesy AFHny Studio)

Conditions at the ARTfarm site before installation (Courtesy AFHny Studio)

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