EAST HARLEM — Several city parks are getting face-lifts with works by local artists — including a Native American-inspired piece set to go on display in Thomas Jefferson Park.
Last year, the city’s Parks Department partnered with clothing brand UNIQLO to give 20 local artists $10,000 each to create original works of art for green spaces across the city.
This is the first year the grants were dispersed, and the the art will arrive in June.
In East Harlem, Capucine Bourcart will create a piece for Thomas Jefferson Park called “LINOUQ,” a “photo-assemblage made of 4,170 metal squares that will hang from a chain link fence in a design inspired by those of Native Americans, the island’s first inhabitants,” the Parks Department said.
LINOUQ by Capucine Bourcart
Artists will also create pieces that will sit in Joyce Kilmer and Virginia parks in The Bronx, Herbert Von King and Fort Greene parks in Brooklyn, Seward Park in Manhattan, Flushing Meadows-Corona and Rufus King parks in Queens, and Tappen and Faber parks on Staten Island.
Artists were picked by a committee of other local artists and community members, as well officials with the Parks Department and UNIQLO through an application process last year.
There will be a second application period later this year, and the next round of 10 artists will be announced in early 2018.