Art Underneath the Elevated 2017

RISE commissioned artists to host temporary art exhibitions to activate the public space under the elevated A line train tracks in Rockaway, Queens.

introductory photo

In 2017, three artists were selected by the RISE Artists Committee, to exhibit temporary public art commissions in the Art Underneath the Elevated series under the Rockaway Elevated structure:

Jessica Findley - Projected Swimmers
Jonathan Chesley, Alexandria Donati, and Andrea Parker - Rockaway Field Guide
Kevin Sudeith - Rockaway Petroglyph

The commissioned artworks were featured along with community workshops to actively engage people of all ages in re-envisioning the underpass into a safe and inviting multimodal community and civic space to host a variety of events including these temporary artists works.

The space below the elevated A-line subway tracks is currently a fragmented demapped roadway, that has the potential to serve as an important cross-peninsula connection. With art and creative placemaking as a catalyst, RISE hopes to activate this public space to inspire the community to imagine its potential.

This project builds on RISE's current redesign initiative, Project Underway, and NYC DOT  & Design Trust for Public Space's Under the Elevated Program

The RISE Center served as the community hub for related exhibits and gallery location for public programs and community engagement to build on the selected projects.

More info about the artists and the project: