A new photo exhibit has turned a lifeless, gray corrugated
barrier under the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge into an outdoor art
Six color photographs titled “When it opens like this, up is not
over,” by sculptor and photographer Rena Leinberger, were unveiled
to the public on a walkway under the bridge, where Queens Plaza
meets Vernon Boulevard, in Long Island City on Friday morning.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), along with
representatives of the Department of Transportation; Brooklyn’s
International Studio and Cultural Program, a nonprofit involved in
the project; and Leinberger were on hand for the opening.
The public art is part of the DOT’s “pARTners” program, which
twice a year produces a list of priority spaces the department
would like to use for urban art.
Leinberger, who is based in Kingston, NY and Brooklyn, submitted
a proposal last year through ISCP, where she was a resident artist.
Her proposal was accepted and