‘Pretend you were talking to an NRA member in a low-population, low-crime state like New Hampshire or Utah, where the rate of gun violence is much lower than in New York. If that person wondered into the exhibit, what would you want them to take away from it?’
There are no more masses, weddings or funerals at St. Stephen’s Church on East 28th Street. Like many parishes around the city, it has been closed. But unique artwork inside could help preserve the structure.
On Thursday, October 26, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute unveiled the winner of the fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition—Flatiron Reflection by Future Expansion—a temporary installation in the heart of the Flatiron District. Flatiron Reflection will be the centerpiece of the Partnership’s sixth annual holiday program and a highly visible landmark in this thriving New York City neighborhood. Flatiron Reflection is a publicly spirited space that encourages new experiences of the city, new modes of dwelling in the plaza, and new views of its context. A bundle of shimmering tubes creates a fragmented column at the scale of the public plaza. The fluted perimeter offers niches that can be occupied, while a panoramic central space opens out like a stage into the plaza.
Artists with disabilities say efforts at inclusion in the process behind and language of the de Blasio administration’s CreateNYC plan were welcome. Now they want to see efforts to make sure both funding streams and art spaces become more accessible.