About the Project

Through the summer and fall of 1993, more than twenty-four American artists, architects, and designers of international repute transformed Manhattan’s historic West 42nd Street into a dynamic, around-the-clock public art exhibition.


Participating artists took 42nd Street on its own terms in both form and content, creating temporary, site-specific works in, on, and around storefront display windows, theater marquees, roll-down security gates, posters, commercial billboard spaces, and sidewalks. In many cases, participating artists involved passersby and members of the community in the actual making of their pieces.


Photograph by Maggie Hopp




Multiple Artists

42nd Street Art Project