City Canvas

City Canvas

There are more than 300 miles of construction fences and sidewalk sheds that dot New York City neighborhoods. While these temporary protective structures are part of the urban landscape, in most instances they are unappealing and represent the inconvenience of construction projects.

City Canvas is a program designed to allow the installation of temporary visual art on eligible sidewalk sheds and construction fences.

Specifically, the goals of City Canvas are to:

  • Improve the pedestrian experience for NYC residents and visitors across the five boroughs by transforming temporary protective structures into sites for the display of art; and
  • Increase opportunities for cultural organizations and artists to present artworks that are relevant to the communities surrounding the installation sites.

For information regarding site-specific artwork, download the City Canvas Site-Specific Artwork Guidelines.

Questions related to the program may be submitted to