The New York Avenue sculpture median project was initiated as a partnership between the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) and the Downtown BID. The project seeks to redefine New York Avenue as a pedestrian-friendly corridor and strengthen its sense of place as an arts and cultural district.
The project spans New York Avenue between Herald Square at 13th Street and Mount Vernon Square at 9th Street. Phase 1 of the project, extending between 13th and 12thStreets, was completed in 2010. The sculpture median displays rotating art installations by contemporary female artists, complemented by landscaping, lighting, and interpretive signage.
Currently four pieces from internationally renowned sculptor Chakaia Booker are on display. Booker’s pieces were installed in early 2012 and will be on display through 2014. From 2010 to 2012, Niki de Saint Phalle was the featured artist. For more information see the NMWA website.