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Artwork on Temporary Structures

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Rule status: Adopted

Agency: DOB

Effective date: October 12, 2023

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Adopted rule summary:

Local Law 163 of 2021 (LL163) added a new section 3307.11 regarding artwork on temporary protective structures to Chapter 33 of the Building Code. LL 163 provides a process for building owners to display artwork on temporary protective structures. LL 163 also sets out the requirements for installing such artwork that is approved by the Department of Cultural Affairs. A new section 3307-01 is added to Chapter 3300 to address the requirements of the law and set out procedures for notification, opting out and installation of artwork on temporary structures after September 1, 2023.

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  • CN

    Artwork Placement on Sidewalk Sheds and Construction Fences

    Artwork attached to sidewalk sheds, construction fences, and supported scaffolding must not block the sight lines of the street. Blocking these sight lines can impair individuals with visual impairments from identifying their paratransit vehicles, Uber, Lyft cars, or taxis.

    Ensuring Accessibility for Individuals with Visual Impairments

    Furthermore, such artwork should also avoid obstructing the view for drivers. This is important to prevent hindrances for both the driver of the vehicle picking up a passenger with visual impairments or blindness and for the passenger themselves. The artwork’s positioning should not hinder the driver’s ability to identify the passenger and locate them effectively for a successful pick-up.

    Maintaining Visibility of Building Information

    It’s crucial to ensure that the chosen artwork placement does not obscure the building’s name or building number. These elements play a pivotal role in helping drivers determine whether they have reached the correct address. By keeping these details visible, we can assist drivers in accurately identifying the desired location and contribute to a seamless and successful pick-up process.

    Comment added August 11, 2023 9:52am
  • Shane Sauder

    I think this is a great idea. Sprucing up drab temporary structures is a good way to brighten our city and increase quality of life in a marginal way

    Comment added August 14, 2023 10:20am
  • Kelly Peppers

    As a New York-born institution that prides itself on being an innovator in public art and a trusted creative partner for the world’s largest brands, agencies, nonprofits, and artists, Colossal Media supports proposed rule LL 163. We believe this rule will play a vital role in improving public and mental health through more accessible public art.

    In support of the proposed rule, Colossal Media suggests the following changes for consideration to increase access to public art and awareness around the mission and work of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA):

    -Allow landlords to engage corporate sponsors for public art on temporary structures by including sponsorship information within the final artwork.

    -Allow hand paint as a method of application to add another layer of artistry and human touch to this artistic endeavor.

    We are confident that there is an opportunity to offset art production costs on temporary structures by allowing corporate sponsorship information to be included in the approved artwork. Like the City Canvas program for nonprofits, sponsored artwork can abide by standards set forth by the city and still include a QR code that redirects art viewers to the DCLA website where information about the artwork, artist, vendor, corporate sponsor, and credit to DCLA for supporting the program can be featured.

    If this recommendation is considered and approved, the new ruling can unlock streamlined funding for future temporary public art installations and increase the methods of application — all made possible by DCLA. If welcomed, Colossal Media would be honored to collaborate with DCLA on this venture toward accessibly beautifying more public spaces and uplifting NY artists and creatives.

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    Comment added August 16, 2023 3:58pm