This year, I was lucky to spend some time in cities like Baltimore, places that’ve built up vibrant, passionate arts communities. It would’ve been hard to limit my year-end list to New York because of them. For the rest of my picks, I was won over by playful or community-minded work, or some combination of both:
÷÷÷÷ 5 ÷÷÷÷Forget the statues—the sprawling tree fort made of duct tape and particle board in NYCHA’s Forest Houses complex actively involved residents in daily lectures, radio broadcasts and a tuck shop, improving the quality of life for everyone who participated. It was incredible, and best of all, it got people from all parts of New York talking. The best public work this year, easily.
Gramsci Monument, the Bronx
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