Suspended from the ceiling and serving as the lobby’s chandelier, this work displays an unlimited number of text sequences derived from each of Shakespeare’s plays.
The Mathematical Star is made up of patterns based on a photograph of a significant landmark in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. The quilt is a secret history of the neighborhood – people familiar with the sites may recognize some of the architectural details on which it is based, outsiders will just see a beautiful quilt or pattern.
Since 1982, New York City's Percent for Art law has required that one percent of the budget for eligible City-funded construction projects be spent on public artwork. Managed by the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Percent for Art program has commissioned hundreds of site-specific projects in variety of media—painting, new technologies, lighting, mosaic, glass, textiles, sculpture, and works that are integrated into infrastructure and architecture—by artists whose sensibilities reflect the diversity of New York City. Percent for Art seeks to commission works from the broadest range of artists from all backgrounds. To date, of the total number of artists commissioned, we estimate that 43% are women, and 34% are artists of color. As we collect more information about our projects going forward, our statistics will be routinely updated.
The Percent for Art Program offers City agencies the opportunity to acquire, commission or restore works of art specifically for City-owned buildings throughout the five boroughs. By bringing artists into the design process, the City's civic and community buildings are enriched.
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