2009_08_wall1.jpgDowntown Alliance's Re:Construction initiative has been going on for a couple of years now, and they continue to use construction sites as canvases. Today and tomorrow, two new art projects—Rainbow Conversation and Botanizing on the Asphalt—are being installed in separate Lower Manhattan construction sites (Louise Nevelson Plaza and Hudson River Park along West Street, respectively).

President of Downtown Alliance, Elizabeth Berger, noted that the installation not only beautify our streets, but "increase foot-traffic and economic activity Downtown." And the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. is happy with the work, a spokesman saying, "We are pleased to collaborate with artists to enhance the areas surrounding temporary construction zones as we continue to rebuild the streetscapes of Lower Manhattan." It's certainly better than looking at chain link fences.

Additionally, the Port Authority and Department of Transportation are asking "artists and/or designers to propose conceptual designs for a temporary mural to be installed on the part of the construction fence surrounding the World Trade Center Site, located on Church Street between Liberty and Vesey streets in Lower Manhattan." Submissions for a mural are due by October 1; more details here.