NEW YORK.- The Times Square Alliance and the Fashion Center Business Improvement District announced today the extension of the popular public art project by New York artist Tattfoo Tan, part of the ongoing transformation of 8th Avenue and the 42nd Street area. The display will remain through October, reminding New York residents and visitors alike to eat their daily dose of color.
The giant grid of color, inspired by fresh fruits and vegetables, is one of largest public art projects ever at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Using the NMS - Nature Matching System, the bus terminals thousands of daily visitors can visually learn the colors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The vinyl mural is 13 ft high and 180 ft wide and is installed in the street-level windows on 8th Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets and along 42nd Street.
Community projects like this are a welcome addition to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and another example of our continued commitment to our neighbors, said Steve Napolitano, Bus Terminal Manager for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. This impressive work of art helps further integrate the Port Authority Bus Terminal into the boldly-colored and brightly-lit environment of New York City
The Nature Matching System project boldly reminds New Yorkers to take your daily dose of color. Tattfoo Tan precisely matched the healthy colors of 88 fresh fruits and vegetables through Photoshop software into a Pantone or paint chip display system. The shades of color displayed at farmers markets are more than skin deep, he writes, reflecting the inner potential of every fruit and vegetable; intense colors might even be called natures nutrition labels.
Tattfoo Tan (www.tattfoo.com) seeks immediate and effective ways to collapse the categories of art and life into one. The features of public spaces that typically go unnoticed are revived with new life and meaning. Last fall in downtown Manhattan, concrete barricades came alive with orange zebra stripes and, at the Queens Museum of Art, vending machines became systems for people to exchange their prayers.
This latest public art project is another example of the continued Renaissance of the 8th Avenue corridor, said Barbara Randall, Executive Director of the Fashion Center BID. The addition of a work by such a respected artist, further serves to enhance the pedestrian experience and the cultural value of the Fashion Center and Times Square areas.
8th Avenue is already emerging as an Avenue of Architecture, and thanks to projects like this one at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, its also starting to stake a claim as an Avenue of Art, said Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins. This is a great example of the ways in which the creative energy of both Times Square and the Fashion District is making its mark on Eighth Avenue.
THE FASHION CENTER BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (www.fashioncenter.com), a not-for-profit corporation, was established in 1993 to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattans Fashion District. Through programs in the areas of streetscape improvements, sanitation and public safety services, marketing and promotions, economic development, and community service, efforts are aimed at promoting the district as a strategic midtown business location and ensuring New York's position as the fashion capital of the world.
THE TIMES SQUARE ALLIANCE (www.TimesSquareNYC.org), founded in 1992, works to improve and promote Times Square. In addition to providing safety and sanitation services, the Alliance coordinates many major events in Times Square including New Years Eve, manages the Citys busiest Tourism Center and advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning and quality-of-life issues.