Plywood Panels Used to Protect New York Establishments Converted Into Captivating Sculptures | New
In honor of Black Lives Matter by KaN Landscape Design and Caroline Mardok, one of five plywood installations under the Plywood Protection Project. All photos: worthless studios
In New York’s five boroughs, five new public art installations are on display, each made from salvaged plywood panels that were used for very different purposes a year ago.
The sculptural pieces were created as part of nonprofit worthless studios in New York City. Plywood protection project. The initiative researched and reused discarded plywood panels that were once used to seal and protect the windows of New York City stores closed due to the pandemic and last summer’s protests calling for justice and reform regarding the Systemic racism and police brutality against black Americans. Worthless studios note that during peak months of protest across town, prices have skyrocketed to over $ 90 for a single 4ft x 8ft AC plywood panel, and supply quickly ran out. exhausted.
Rather than letting these precious materials go to waste as a result of the events of last year, worthless studios, through the Plywood Protection Project, have collected over 200 boards and launched an open call to artists for submissions. installation based on plywood. Over 200 entries later, five artists were selected by a jury and received studio space, tools, fabrication and installation assistance, a material budget of $ 500, and an artist allowance of $ 2,000.
As the founder of worthless studios Neil Hamamoto explains in a play by New York Times, the goal of the project was to “create safe outdoor destinations for New Yorkers during the pandemic while eliciting” emotionally and politically complex questions “around pain, anger, protests, property and memory.”
This month, a sculpture was installed in each of New York’s five boroughs. In Manhattan, “Be Heard” by Behin Ha Design Studio will be installed in Thomas Paine Park; KaN Landscape Design and Caroline Mardok’s “In Honor of Black Lives Matter” will be at Poe Park in the Bronx; Michael Zelehoski’s “Miguelito” will perform at McCarren Park in Brooklyn; Tony DiBernardo’s “Open Stage” will be held at Alice Austen House in Staten Island; and “RockIt Black” by Tanda Francis will be located in Queensbridge Park in Queens. The installations will remain visible until November 1, 2021.