Wait. That’s just construction netting from one of the eight finalists in the UrbanCanvas design competition. The idea is to dress up the unsightly construction netting the Department of Buildings requires of all construction and renovation sites. The netting is a necessary evil, ugly but lifesaving, but the DOB, along with the Department of Cultural Affairs, is hoping to dress up sites with one of these new designs. Landlords with more catholic leanings will have the option of forgoing the art in favor of a rendering of the completed project on the scaffolding–a common sight in Europe and other parts of the country. The city is holding a vote to see which of the eight are most popular, with the top four going into a pilot program.
Update: A caption in a previous version of this post misidentified the UrbanCanvas entry as “Bang,” by Jiyoun Lee-Lodge.