HARLEM —An arts organization wants to turn Marcus Garvey Park into an art gallery next Spring.
Art in FLUX, is currently accepting proposals from artists to install more than a dozen public art pieces along the park. The installations could be anything from life-sized sculptures, multi-media interactive pieces, or colorful designs along the chain-linked fence.
“It’s taking the art fair concept and putting it on it’s head,” said Leanne Stella founder of Art in FLUX. “It’s putting public art in a community that’s really lacking public art or underserved in the way of public art.”
The organization has been hosting walking tours of the potential sites and are accepting applications until the end of January, she added.
The fair will coincide with the Frieze Art Fair at Randall’s Island, and is just one of multiple ongoing efforts to bring public art to Harlem. A date for the event has not yet been announced.
Over the last six months, the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance has organized a public arts initiative to attract art to the park. They’ve hosted multiple events and helped install a public art piece on the acropolis atop the park’s hill.
The West Harlem Art Fund, the organization responsible for installing a giant illuminated 'H' under the viaduct last year, is also getting in on the action.
In August, they will team up with artists Lady K Fever to install a series of designs made from reflective material throughout the park. They will illuminate different areas of the park and create a path to the top of the hill.
“It will feel like fireflies in the park,” said Savona Bailey-McClain, founder of the West Harlem Art Fund. “It’s not meant to be overwhelming it’s suppose to be little lights here and there and leading people to the top of the acropolis.”