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Percent for Art

   Anton Van Dalen

Garden Wall, Garden Path, and

 Flying Book, Terrazzo tiles, porcelain enamel, paint on plywood, 2000


Garden Wall, Garden Path and The Flying Book

Completion Date:



Terrazzo tiles, porcelain enamel, paint on plywood


7 3/4" x 108'


P.S./I.S. 20


3020 Webster Avenue, Bronx


Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut, and Whitelaw

Sponsor Agency:

Board of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority

Located in the hallway leading to the lunchroom at P.S./I.S. 20, Van Dalen's frieze, Garden Path, features rectangular porcelain enamel tiles, each depicting a white flower atop a brightly colored tile background. For the lunchroom, the artist created a similar frieze, entitled Garden Wall, which features tiles with colored drawings of birds, leaves, flowers, and hands. In the library, Van Dalen painted a plywood mural, entitled The Flying Book , that portrays birds made to look like cars, planes, and clocks.

About the Artist...
In 1980 Anton Van Dalen began, a still ongoing project, to make a picture language with stencil imagery. The initial act of stenciling posters and murals gave his work a social purpose. Since 1992, with stencil images now fabricated as porcelain enamel panels, he has completed a number of public art projects. His Percent for Art project at P.S./M.S. 20 makes dramatic use of this stenciled picture language. Because the school adjoins the Bronx Botanical Garden, the subject matter of the art's imagery celebrates nature. The mural in the library embraces the space above the book shelves, as its theme is specific to the cultures of the world as seen through the eyes of the birds. Van Dalen is also currently working on other public art projects. Those sites include: the MTA Nevins Street Subway Station, Lehman College, and The College of Staten Island.

Artist Quote...
"To inform my public art, I have studied how tribal and classical cultures through their symbols defined their living spaces. How friezes, repeat motifs, and decorative borders have outlined, enclosed, and enlightened our human life since the beginning of time." -- Anton Van Dalen, 2001