Nearly two months after Washington Heights’ iconic graffiti tunnel was controversially wiped clean, the city is now calling for artists to once again beautify the tunnel located at the 191st station on the 1 line.
The NYC DOT issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) last Thursday, March 16, seeking submissions of “bold, colorful designs” that reflect the local community and the rich cultural identity of Washington Heights.
The proposal comes shortly after the tunnel was suddenly wiped clean back in January of this year, angering and disappointing many who accused the DOT of “whitewashing” the neighborhood’s iconic landmark.
According to the RFP, up to four artists will be selected to develop design treatments to be painted in the tunnel with help from the community and volunteers. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 14, and one final design will be selected and painted this year.
You can email your submission to: 191TunnelArt@dot.nyc.gov.
“The 191st Street tunnel is a community landmark, providing critical connection between Broadway and the 1 train for tens of thousands of New Yorkers,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “We are excited to find artists to beautify the tunnel with designs that reflect the rich cultural identity of Washington Heights and create a vibrant space for the commuters who use this major hub every day.”