Sun Blocks at Pier 42!


UNHS students, Chat Travieso and Sylvia Herbold enjoying the shade created by the finished installation.

On Friday June 12th from 3-5pm, you’re invited to the opening of Sun Blocks!

Sun Blocks is a collaborative public art project between students from the University Neighborhood High School, teaching artist Chat Travieso, and classroom teacher Sylvia Herbold as part of Hester Street Collaborative’s Ground Up design education program.

  • Enjoy the Artwork
  • Meet the students
  • Have some snacks or bring a picnic
  • Free! All are welcome!

The installation is the culmination of a 15 week after school program with in which students learned about socially engaged design through an interactive curriculum in which they spoke to historians, architects, and activists to research the history of the area, its ecology, and current community issues; interviewed local residents and did mapping exercises to understand the everyday needs of the neighborhood; and brainstormed ways to make Pier 42 a more welcoming place. The result is a public art project the group designed, built, and painted. Constructed mostly out of reclaimed wooden crates and salvaged lumber, the installation offers shade and flexible seating for young people to hang out in the park and enjoy the view of the river. Hester Street Collaborative’s Ground Up program with University Neighborhood High School was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and Councilmember Margaret Chin.