BY DANIEL OFFNER
The City Economic Development Corporation approached members of Community Board 2, last Thursday, to request a letter of support for a proposed art installation that is included in plans to develop a waterfront park along 30-acres of property in Hunter’s Point South,
The project, which has been dubbed “Phases of the Moon,” was awarded to renowned artist Nobuho Nagasawa, who presented her plans to illuminate the peninsula with a luminescent art piece.
“When I went to the site, I was really blown away from the beauty of the vista,” Nagasawa said. “During the daytime you have a different view, but I wanted to create something for the evening hours, where you could see some kind of magic.”
Using a natural phosphorescent material, which she said would require no maintenance, Nagasawa’s plan is for a naturally glowing attraction at dark.
Yet, despite the proposal, several members of CB2 voiced concerns. Not because of the artwork, but due to the process in which the EDC selected a commissioned artist.
“The process was, frankly, unsatisfactory,” CB2 Chairman Pat O’Brien said. “The EDC did present at the last land use meeting. However, we did express dissatisfaction with the process.”
According to the EDC, Susan Randolph Fine Arts was selected as art curator for the project through a Request for Proposals and was responsible to identify a New York City-based artist with a proven track record for creating engaging, public artwork.
Nine artists were selected based on their ability to successfully complete projects for exterior and interior space, experience with large scale public artwork, method of viewer engagement and stylistic sensibilility.
Michael Koontz, an architect with Thomas Balsey Associates development firm, said the EDC is hoping to begin construction of Nagasawa’s project by the end of the summer. Koontz said construction of the entire Hunters Point South development could take anywhere from 30 to 36 months to complete, with plans of completing 5,000 housing units – 60 percent of which will be affordable for low/moderate income families – by 2018.
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