2018-08-01 / Front Page

Pop-Up Digital Art Wall Celebrates Neighborhood’s Transformation

Present at the left panel unveiling are Manager of Marketing and Community Development of the GJDC Vignike Anderson, event emcee and the Chief Operating Officer of the GJDC Laurel Brown, Creative Director of the urban design firm Totem J.Manuel Mansylla, Councilman Rory Lancman who funded the installation, Executive Director of the 165th Street Mall Association Derek Irby and the artist Jocelyn Goode.

 

PHOTOS WALTER KALRINGPresent at the left panel unveiling are Manager of Marketing and Community Development of the GJDC Vignike Anderson, event emcee and the Chief Operating Officer of the GJDC Laurel Brown, Creative Director of the urban design firm Totem J.Manuel Mansylla, Councilman Rory Lancman who funded the installation, Executive Director of the 165th Street Mall Association Derek Irby and the artist Jocelyn Goode. PHOTOS WALTER KALRINGThe Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) was joined by Councilman Rory Lancman, and Totem unveiled a new art installation at the 165th Street Mall on July 26. The first-of-its-kind illuminated art wall features a rotating line-up of artists, the first of which is Queens-based Jocelyn M. Goode of CultureCocoa ArtHouse.

Goode created the inaugural piece around the theme Jamaica on the Move, which was inspired by a half-day street art session held in May with local students, residents, workers, and passerbys illustrating their interpretation of Jamaica on the Move. The ideas of the more than 30 people who participated are woven throughout the piece on display.

“This art represents the residents whose humanity becomes more apparent when we take a At the right panels unveiling. Standing proudly are Goode, Lancman, Irby, Brown, Mansylla and Anderson.

At the right panels unveiling. Standing proudly are Goode, Lancman, Irby, Brown, Mansylla and Anderson. moment to slow down and inhale all that makes Jamaica so special,” said Goode.

With funding from Councilman Rory Lancman and additional support from M&T Charitable Foundation, this project - conceptualized by GJDC - demonstrates a deep commitment to promoting and securing Jamaica’s rich cultural history and legacy.

“Downtown Jamaica is transforming right before our eyes, and this innovative art wall will help showcase what makes this community so special. I am grateful to the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation for their commitment to this important project, and look forward to seeing all the great artwork on display at the 165th Street Mall,” said Lancman.

The design of the modular art wall was the brainchild of urban design firm, Totem.

The featured artist Jocelyn Goode in front of the unveiled panels.


 
The featured artist Jocelyn Goode in front of the unveiled panels. Each wall stands at 6’ x 8’ and is constructed with two-way art panels that feature a unique nighttime luminescence thanks to a special LED-backlit canvas. The innovative design of the wall, which sits atop a repurposed Jersey barrier, ensures the wall is easily moveable - not only allowing the public to visit the featured art, but the featured art to move with the public. Initially, this roaming canvas will be sited at the 165th Street Mall amid a daily confluence of thousands of residents and shoppers.

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