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Transform your construction site with urbancanvas

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Building Owner Guidelines

The Department of Buildings is introducing the urbancanvas Pilot Program to allow public artwork on temporary protective structures located on or over City-owned buildings, sidewalks and streets. For example, a privately-owned building with a sidewalk shed erected on a City sidewalk is eligible for artwork.

Temporary protective structures not located on or over City-owned property are not eligible to participate in the pilot program.

As part of the pilot program, property owners and developers are allowed to install one winning artwork package at their site. Winning artwork packages will include designs for the following temporary protective structures:

  • Sidewalk shed
  • Construction fence
  • Supported scaffold
  • Cocoon

Artwork installed on temporary protective structures during the pilot program may display an artwork sponsor. Additionally, all sites participating in the pilot program are required to post an artist/competition credit.

The Building Owner Guide informs property owners, contractors and others of the options available for installing urbancanvas designs at their sites. It provides information on how and when artwork can be displayed on construction sites, as well as what materials are acceptable for use. All urbancanvas installations must comply with the specifications in the Building Owner Guide.


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