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Artist Alert: Mario Cuomo Bridge Sculpture Contest

New York artists are invited to use their talents to span time and the Hudson River by creating iconic sculptures for the landings of the Mario Cuomo Bridge using remnant steel from the 1955 Tappan Zee Bridge.

2013 Tappan Zee Bridge Photo Credit: Alison Perry

2013 Tappan Zee Bridge Photo Credit: Alison Perry

The New NY Bridge project team—in collaboration with ArtsWestchester and the Arts Council of Rockland—is inviting artists to share their qualifications and vision to create two sculptures for the east and west bridge landings. The pieces will be sited on New York State Thruway Authority-owned land in Tarrytown and South Nyack on the Mario Cuomo Bridge’s bicycle/pedestrian shared use path. Remnant steel salvaged from the retired Tappan Zee Bridge will be made available to the two winning artists to incorporate into their sculptures.
“We are building an iconic new bridge that in itself, is a piece of art,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. “These future sculptures will not only enhance the new twin-span crossing but provide residents and visitors opportunities to connect with the history, culture and spirit of the beautiful Hudson Valley.”
Professional New York State artists or artist collectives are invited to submit their qualifications by Jan. 11, 2019. ArtsWestchester is seeking a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which invites artists to submit artist statements, work samples, and a project vision statement via the website: A select number of artists will then be invited to submit a full proposal for their sculpture on or around Feb. 4, 2019.
“Public art, like the bridge, is exciting, engaging and inspirational,” ArtsWestchester CEO Janet T. Langsam said. “It helps create a special sense of connection to place. The fact that Governor Cuomo, the New York State Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors have decided to incorporate original artists work into the opening of the new bridge is truly extraordinary.”
The Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, a twin-span cable-stayed crossing that will serve the Hudson Valley for the next century, fully opened to traffic in September. Construction of a shared bicycle and walking path with six unique viewing areas has begun on the westbound span. When completed in the second half of 2019, cyclists and pedestrians will enjoy a 12-foot wide path on the northern side of the westbound span. Each of the path’s landing points will feature parking lots, bicycle repair stations, restrooms and other visitor amenities, along with connectivity to local bicycle and pedestrian networks.
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