Back in May, the DOT announced that Brooklyn-based artist Molly Dilworth won a commission to paint the pedestrian plazas on Broadway from 47th to 42nd Streets. And then we forgot all about it. Today Valerio Bruscianelli reminds us, with a photo showing the work halfway complete. Called "Cool Water, Hot Island," the piece is composed of a graphical representation of NASA's infrared satellite data of Manhattan.
The DOT says, "The design's color palette of striking blues and lighter hues reflects more sunlight and absorb less heat—improving the look of these popular pedestrian plazas while making them more comfortable to sit in. The color and patterns evoke water, suggesting a river flowing through the center of Times Square, and they also provide a compelling visual counterpoint to the reds, oranges and yellows of the area’s signature marquees and billboards." Or as Bruscianelli observed, "It looks more like smurf jungle camouflage." (Can't wait for the indignant NY Post article about how Gargamel can't visit Times Square anymore.)