Public Art Program
FABnyc's public art program, ArtUp, reinvigorates spaces through public art and community partnerships. Since 2008, this program has been transforming construction sites, scaffolding, and other underutilized space in the Lower East Side into street-side galleries. See this recent feature on WABC NY to learn more. Read on for more information on previous murals and collaborations, as well as artist opportunities. Image Detail: Udom Surangsophon

"Saints of the Lower East Side" with works by Tom Sanford; Curated by Keith Schweitzer & Presented by FABnyc
June 5, 2012 – September 5, 2012

FABLES: OPEN CALL / RFP Submission Deadline 12/13/2013
FABnyc is pleased to announce “FABLES,” a public art opportunity for artists to explore the Lower East Side’s living cultural heritage, rich historical legacies, and current issues in public storytelling through visual art. Full RFP available here.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts/ Art Works. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in participation with The City Council.


East 1st Street ArtUp Exhibitions
Music Machine
By Sonni
Artist Alley @ Extra Place, 1st Street between 2nd Ave & Bowery
May 19, 2012 - November 2012

Music Machine, the latest exhibit in this rotation at Artist Alley @ Extra Place, features a ground mural by Argentinian Artist Sonni. Music Machine will covers the sidewalk of Extra Place with vibrant, playful, and heartwarming imagery. Image (Above): Sonni, Music Machine. Image Credit (Below): Udom Surangsophon

By Ryan Cronin
L’Apicio Windows, 13 East 1st Street

"CRONART" is the newest exhibition produced a part of FABnyc’s public art program in partnership with L'Apicio.
Image Credit: Nicci Yin


East 2nd Street
The Golden Hour
Ideal Glass, 22 East 2nd Street

This latest mural was inspired by imagery of a beached whale found dead in New York City after Hurricane Sandy. The mural depicts a struggle for survival between the whale-ship and the two-headed heron-snake, which represents nature turning to technology. Branches grow from one of the heron-snake’s heads, and—as they travel across it’s body—they die and transform into cellphone towers and oilrigs. The Golden Hour represents the greater battle between nature and human technology, drawing into question the economic factors that facilitate this situation, namely, our dependance on oil and petroleum-based products.
Image Credit: LunaPark

Previously MaNY Project has programed murals at the site as part of ArtUp, including "STAMPEDED" by Tel Aviv-based artist Know Hope and the mural's collaborative addition by UK-based artist Phlegm, as well as "The Weight of Air" by Faith47. Look for more FABnyc ArtUp murals programmed in collaboration with Ideal Glass on E. 2nd in the future! Artist & Image Credit: Faith47

East 3rd Street
Truth Implies the Good
La Mama Arcade, 17 East 3rd Street

"Truth Implies the Good" is an outdoor mural curated and organized by MaNY Project as part of ArtUp with artist CAKE on a building exterior located on East 3rd Street slightly east of Bowery.

Image Credit: Keith Schweitzer

East 4th Street
Toy Box, Tool Box
Melanie Paterson / Melaniewillspaterson.com
ArtUp Scaffolding Bridge, 70 East 4th Street

Toy Box, Tool Box celebrates creation, which occurs all around us constantly. Through a progression of interactions between children's toys and real world industrial objects, Paterson draws into question the difference between work and play, suggesting that this difference is simply defined by the attitude of those participating. In all her art, Paterson maintains that images can be messages from a source deep within ourselves, however playful they may be.

Street Lift
Sonni, Skullphone, Robots Will Kill, OverUnder, N’DA, Pasqualina & Veng
Construction Crates, 4th Street at Bowery
Fall 2011 - Winter 2012

FABnyc worked with local contractors and the City's community construction liaison to organize a public art project on the street-side of the three steel crates to transform them from eyesore to site for creativity.

Image Credit: Nicci Yin
Image Credit: Nicci Yin
Image Credit: Nicci Yin


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