Last January 31, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the names of the eight artists who have been commissioned to render or provide, 10 spectacular art installations along or near the shared bicycle/pedestrian paths of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
Installing public art around the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is seen as a way of enlivening Hudson River’s scenic landscape as well as a means of showcasing some of New York’s finest world-class artists.
The Selected Artists and Their Proposed Artwork/s
The art installations include four (4) bicycle racks, one (1) mural and five (5) sculptures.
The artists named to provide the sculptures include three from Brooklyn namely Fitzhugh Karol (Approach), Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong (Current) and Wendy Klemperer (Leaping Sturgeon). The two others are Ilan Averbuch of Long Island City (Tappan Zee) and Thomas Lendvai of Ronkonkoma (Untitled for Imre Lendvai).
The artists commissioned to design the bike racks are David Greenberg of Brooklyn and Christopher Flick of Bronx. David Greenberg’s bike rack “mooring” design will be used in two (2) bike rack installations, one in the Rockland path and the other in the Westchester path. Another David Greenberg submission, inspired by the stone quarrying industry of Rockland County and evocative of the common hitching post of the olden days, will also be used in the Rockland path.
The artist chosen to render the lone mural celebrating the Hudson River Valley’s biodiversity is Chris Soria of Nyack for his Flux of Being. Soria’s mural paintings involve combining layers of abstract geometric designs to which he later incorporates with silhouettes of figures.
Currently, all artworks are in different stages of development and are all slated to attain completion and/or installation later this year.