P.S. 046Q Addition, the alley pond school
Commissioner: NYC Department of Education, NYC School Construction Authority Public Art for Public Schools program, in collaboration with NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program
Artist: Justin Kim; P.S. 46 Addition, Queens Collection of the NYC Department of Education, Public Art for Public Schools
Photographer: Arturo Sanchez
As the only public art program devoted to schools in the entire nation, Public Art for Public Schools (PAPS) functions as a unit within the New York City School Construction Authority. Founded in 1989, this program oversees the creation of site-specific projects for newly built schools. It also manages the preservation of nearly 2,000 existing artworks in the New York City Department of Education’s collection throughout the five boroughs. PAPS mission is to enrich students’ learning environments by equipping schools with artworks that will elevate the school atmosphere, serve as exceptional educational tools for teachers and ignite imagination and inspiration in students.
Artist Justin Kim created this playful mural for The Alley Pond School, a public school in Bayside, Queens, as a project for the PAPS initiative. The mural’s glass surface beautifully depicts different individuals engaging in various activities such as reading books, playing the violin and shooting basketballs. Creating an uplifting presence in the school, the artwork serves as a constant reminder to the students that they are capable of pursuing whatever they want, anywhere in the world. The school is currently undergoing a major expansion, adding additional art and music rooms and a science resource room. This artwork also serves as a great promotional piece for these enhancements. In addition, the mural also showcases iconic city landmarks, including the historic Queensboro Bridge, which connects Manhattan and Queens. The bold contrast between the bright orange and vivid blue tones creates a lively and welcoming entryway for students, staff and visitors.
For this project, Pulp Studio supplied seven panels of glass, using 9/16” D2G™ Custom Graphic Tempered Glass measuring 70 3/4” tall to illustrate the graphics. D2G is a direct to glass digitally printed image that uses ceramic inks that are fired onto the surface of the glass. The process for printing on glass is highly complex due to many factors uncommon in conventional printing like transparency or translucency, white ink and size, making it a difficult practice that requires extreme attention to detail. Throughout this process, Pulp was able to exquisitely print the unique, vibrant artwork onto each glass panel.