Press Release Article


Date: Mar 05, 2004
Press Release Number: 24-2004

Inspired by World Trade Center Architects, School Children Present NYC’s Skyline As Seen From Their Washington Heights Neighborhoods

About 40 students, ages six to 13, will visit the George Washington Bridge Bus Station at 178th Street and Broadway in Manhattan for the opening of “City Perspectives,” an art exhibit that consists of works by students of the Incarnation School in Washington Heights. The students were inspired by the designs for the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The event will take place on Monday, March 8, at 1 p.m. and feature about 100 pieces of art created by pupils from the school’s 1st to 8th grade classes. The exhibit – located near the Fort Washington Avenue entrance to the bus station – will remain on display through March. Faculty members, parents and students will attend the opening.

Under the direction of art teacher Lois Bender, the students followed news coverage of the World Trade Center design and selection process and studied the works of the winning architects – Michael Arad, Santiago Calatrava, David Childs and Daniel Libeskind.

Port Authority Chief of Public and Government Affairs Michael Petralia said, “We are thrilled that these youngsters were so positively influenced by the World Trade Center design selection process, and feel privileged to be able to contribute to their education. We welcome them to the bus station.”

Port Authority Director of Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals Ken Philmus said, “We are proud to give the thousands of customers who will use this station during the month of March the opportunity to witness the tremendous creativity of the children of Washington Heights.”

The students and teachers are part of the Creative Classrooms Visual Arts Program. The program supplies art teachers to the Archdiocese of New York’s Catholic Elementary Schools. Other schools involved in this program are scheduled to display artwork at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station during April and May of this year.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

This painting, by 8th grader Joseph Andrade, is one of the many creative works featured in the “City Perspectives” exhibit at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station.

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