New York City is a haven for art lovers, with hundreds of public sculpture installations scattered around the five boroughs. But much of this art goes undiscovered by wandering tourists and locals. Fortunately, local artist Bundith Phunsombatlert is ready to help us get our bearings with his upcoming project "Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures." The New York chapter of the Awesome Foundation is proud to announce that our February $1000 micro-grant will fund Bundith's plan to place beautifully crafted public art signposts in parks across our city.
Bundith has compiled a map of 106 notable public sculptures which can be viewed at www.wayfindingNYC.com. At each of eight sites in high-traffic parks throughout New York (one in each outer borough and four in Manhattan), Bundith will mount a cluster of "2000 miles to Timbuktu"-style directional signposts that will show the precisely calculated distances and directions of all 106 sculptures. Each cluster will include six sturdy signposts, and each signpost will hold about eighteen aluminum signs printed with distances and Bundith's black and white pictograms of the indicated sculptures. A similar installation is already in place at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, also shown at www.wayfindingNYC.com.
As Bundith puts it, the audience's journey through New York from his signposts to the sculptures they represent can be a work of art in itself. Mixing old and new technology including printmaking, trigonometry, GPS, and mobile-friendly online maps, the Wayfinding project will invite the public to embark on guided journeys to reveal New York's priceless public art.
Awesome NYC is proud to put our weight behind this project, and we look forward to seeing the Wayfinding signposts in action in the fall of 2013!
Funded by New York City (February, 2013)