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Artist NameCompanyBlock #Title of Art piece Art Form e.g. Oil on canvasDimensions of art piece in inches (Width x Height)In a sentence describe how you have incorporated elements of Lesotho with your New York BlockAdditional notes from artist
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Juan Ramiro Torresself2WandererAcrylic on canvas30" x 24"The elements are visible, a character and a house, as well as some patterns in the background.
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Karina Moran & Justin Pape
Bilkey Llinas Design / PI Fine Arts
27Weaving PathsCustom Lenticular Art on Giclee on Matte Paper. 1” matte white shadow box frame, white mat and regular glass.
30” x 30” x 2 1/4” deep
The many paths we will follow in life, no matter where we are from, will ‘weave’ the pattern of our character, personality and ultimately of our future. This conceptual notion of weaving cultures is visually represented in our piece entitled “Weaving Paths.” As the viewer moves from one side of the piece to the other, the lenticular technique reveals the graphic connection between the linking paths of Central Park and the ornate beauty found in the Lesotho’s ‘Basotho’ blankets.
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Claudio Pardi
DPA&D Architecture and Design
29Embrace the childrenGraphite pencils and ink on paper26,77in x 13,78inThe litemas on the buildings of an Upper East Side street warmly embrace and merge with the litemas that adorn the children's blankets.
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Jonathan Rieke + Emily Mohr
mr Studio50Scaling the Cities Ink on Vellum28x28This piece overlays Maseru, the largest city in Lesotho, on top of a New York city Block.
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Kevin LeLawrence Group53my brother's keeperengraved acrylic, burned oak, stainless steel hardware, LED tape light, magnets26.5" x 9.5"Convieved as a scene box (block 053 is in heart of theater district); scene 1 is of NYC, scene 2 is of Lesotho; when they are folded together in the closed configuration; a unified whole is formed represented by an image of the world that we can see our reflections in.Our block is in the heart of New York’s theater district and encompasses Times Square. This piece is a scene box that represents everyday life in both this block of New York and the town of Lesotho. A piece that represents unity. Its focus is on the people; they are the subject in this show.
In its open configuration; the first 3 overlapping, etched panels speak of the emblematic people of New York in scenes of their daily lives; commuters on the street, on the subway, street musician… When lit up, these panels suggest the milieu of Times Square. The next set of overlapping panels is the second act; they portraying life in Lesotho. A scene involving a child, her mother, and her older brother. These scenes are separated by distance, languages, customs, norms, beliefs, traditions, mores, routines, etc.…
As the scenes come together, in its closed configuration; all the differences seem to be less of the focal point. The scenes merges together to form a unified whole represented in the image of the world that we are all a part of; that we are all responsible for; that we all contribute to, in both positive and negative ways. The image of the world is represented through a mirror finish; as the viewer looks in, he/she sees their own reflection, thus making this anonymous play turn into a personal one.
Children are the essence of this unity, a universal agreement. No matter where they are from, what their race; they represent gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, lovingness, inspiration , optimism, innocents, spiritedness, joyousness, uniqueness, curiosity, generosity, loyalty, forgiving, inventiveness, value…. They are the best versions of us. Images of children are burned into the wood frame; they are nameless and could easily be from either the orphanages of Lesotho or the streets of New York.

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Evan Yanre: Humanity58The GiftModel
17" x 23.25" x 9.25"H
Our block occupies Madison Square Garden, a place of music, culture, art and performance while hundreds of thousands NY commuters travel daily. Our piece takes that place of culture and gifts it to the people of Lesotho, inspired by their textiles and clothing as the wrapping.
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Abiy DejeneBOKA Powell63Mother LesothoPlaster relief sculpture24" x 30" Inspired by the Lesotho people. I sculpted a Lesotho Mother figure wearing traditional blanket that is textured by the context of the given New York Block
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Verda AlexanderStudio O+A65Pattern CitySilkscreen on Paper24" x 24"The artwork is inspired by both Lesotho patterns and skyscraper windows.
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Audrey MatlockAudrey Matlock Architect69Beauty and the BeastPrint24” HIGH AND 35” WIDE with frameThis provocative cultural overlay depicts the commodification of nourishment and beauty through primary industries that have defined our block and Lesotho.
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Wendy Evans Joseph with Elnaz Rafati
Studio Joseph 84Shared FabricDigital image, printed on fabric28" x 28"The fabric of New York with its distinctive figure – ground becomes the underlying framework for traditional Lesotho textile designs, thereby enlivening roofscape and parks in play with the ubiquitous orthogonal grid.
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