RISE commissioned artists to host temporary art exhibitions to activate the public space under and adjacent to the elevated A line train tracks in Rockaway, Queens.
We are excited to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen the following projects:
• Anthony Heinz May - Ten Twenty-Nine Twelve
• Dominika Ksel and Camila A. Morales - Sonic Constellation
This exciting initiative will use art and creative placemaking as a catalyst to temporarily transform and animate this fragmented and underutilized roadway into a vibrant and active public space. Through this initiative, RISE hopes to inspire the community to re-imagine the potential of Rockaway Freeway to reconnect the Peninsula and serve as an adaptable civic space.
Located below the elevated A-line subway tracks, the five mile long Rockaway Freeway currently acts as a de facto community corridor for bikers and pedestrians. As part of its Project Underway Initiative, RISE has been working since 2012, in partnership with residents and stakeholders, to re-envision this much needed, yet underperforming and dangerous underpass into a safe and inviting public space that has the potential to serve as an important cross-peninsula connection for pedestrians and bikers.
This project builds on RISE's current redesign initiative, Project Underway, and NYC DOT & Design Trust for Public Space's Under the Elevated Program.
More info about the artists and the project:
Art Underneath the Elevated is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts' ArtWorks: