City Windows

Submitted by Xenia Diente

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Client: NYC Department of Homeless Services

Location: Bronx, NY, United States

Completion date: 2011

Project Team

Architect

Ennead Architects

Art Consultant

Sara Reisman, Director

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program

Other

Xenia Diente

NYC Department of Design and Construction

Artist

Lane Twitchell

Overview

City Windows consists of 15 translucent glass artworks with rich and uplifting kaleidoscopic images of New York City animals at play in landmarks around the five boroughs. The windows are created with intricately cut sheets of vinyl that are painted with enamel paint and then laminated in sheets of glass, a technique the artist developed specifically for the waiting rooms of this building. The resulting works provide colorful and surprising details that change when viewed from inside and outside of each room.

Goals

The Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) is the primary facility in New York City where homeless families apply for emergency housing. In this environment there are, at times, long stretches of waiting. When Lane Twitchell was selected for the project, it was made clear that space requirements of the PATH facility were such that the waiting areas were identified as the optimum sites for artwork. Artwork was sought with enough complexity to continue to unfold for the viewer over the many hours that can be spent in the facility.

Process

Design Agency:
NYC Department of Design and Construction
Architect:
Ennead Architects LLP
Construction Management:
LiRo Program and Construction Management, P.C.
Artwork Fabrication & Installation:
Lightwave Laser, Depp Glass, Glass Solutions

Additional Information

Location: Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing Bronx, New York