The East River Esplanade is a diamond in the rough. People who visit said it can be just as beautiful and inviting as the city’s other waterfront parks– it just needs more attention.
That’s why a group called Friends of the East River Esplanade commissioned an internationally respected artist to transform a black pillar into a colorful totem pole and create a custom banner to hang on a fence, CBS2’s Elise Finch reported.
“We want to make this even better than the other waterfronts in the city so as part of that we feel that public art is a way to bring the conversation and bring momentum to improving a spot,” group member Jennifer Ratner said.
The artist donated his time and talent, but the conservancy paid nearly $4,000 to print the banner and have it installed. The abstract art piece was placed last week Wednesday. By Sunday morning, it was gone.
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