Open call for local artists to create sculptures in the new public garden on the LIC waterfront

An open call has gone out for local artists to create sculptures for an upcoming, picture-perfect garden on the Long Island City waterfront (Photo courtesy of Culture Lab LIC)

March 8, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

Calling all local artists!

A major developer and a non-profit organization have teamed up to seek out local artists who can create sculptures for a future outdoor garden on the Long Island City waterfront.

Cornerstone TF and Culture Lab LIC have issued an open call for creators to exhibit their own works of art in a new public space next to Hunters Point South Park. Once erected, the artwork will be displayed with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

The garden is located between two newly constructed residential towers – 52-03 Center Blvd., a 44-story building, and 52-41 Center Blvd., which is 44 stories. TF Cornerstone is nearing completion of development all the space under a public-private partnership.

The garden is expected to be completed by the end of March, and organizers plan to install a number of sculptures there soon after.

The sculptures, according to the organizers, will be loaned to the property for a fixed period and the creators will be paid between $1,000 and $3,000 for the rental of their work, depending on its size. A plaque bearing the artist’s name and information about the sculpture will also be on display.

The artwork must be original, durable and safe to be seen by the public without requiring supervision, organizers say. The sculptures must also be able to withstand extreme weather conditions and tolerate high winds.

Sculpture proposals will be selected for display by representatives of TF Cornerstone and Culture Lab LIC. Organizers will give priority to sculptures made by residents of Long Island City.

The cost of transport, installation and removal of the work will be borne by TF Cornerstone.

Proposals must be submitted by April 4. For more information or to submit a proposal, Click here.

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A section of the upcoming garden in front of 52-41 Center Blvd (Photo by Michael Dorgan, Queens Post, taken December 2, 2021)

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