Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. Up to 50 projects are selected annually through an open-call application process and selected by two to three jurors. The projects are available on CD-Rom in our bookstore and include a PowerPoint, data and project list, and hundreds of project photos. With our 2013 Public Art Year in Review nomination process slated to open later this month, we will be spotlighting a few former winners on ARTSblog.

Today’s project is Community Garden which was honored in 2007. The project is a glass mosaic mural located on the mezzanine wall at the Bedford Boulevard Subway Station in The Bronx, NY. The imagery depicts a fantasy garden of colorful, larger than life-sized fruits, vines, insects, and animals. Through artist Andrea Dezsö’s garden, the community is able to experience colors and shapes that are different from those predominantly found in the area. Her garden delights commuters, inspiring them with the playfulness missing from their urban environment.

Photo by Rob Wilson for MTA Arts for Transit.

Photo by Rob Wilson for MTA Arts for Transit.

Check out more photos of Community Garden below and remember to nominate a project in your area when we open up our nominations for the 2013 Year in Review!

Photo by Rob Wilson for MTA Arts for Transit.

Photo by Rob Wilson for MTA Arts for Transit.

Photo by Rob Wilson for MTA Arts for Transit.

Photo by Rob Wilson for MTA Arts for Transit.

Photo by Rob Wilson for MTA Arts for Transit.

Photo by Rob Wilson for MTA Arts for Transit.

3 Responses to “Public Art Year in Review Spotlight: “Community Garden” in Bronx, NY”

  1. [...] Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. Up to 50 projects are selected annually throug…  [...]

  2. Catherine says:

    I think this is so inspiring and beautiful! I am reminded how art and creativity can transform in unexpected and amazing ways.

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