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New Rochelle Looking Forward to Public Art Work

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., - Henry Rakhmanchik is looking forward to seeing public artwork at the Ward Acres Community Garden.

"It's helpful for our life and our taste," he said.

Plans call for the installation of several pieces of art at the Ward Acre Community Garden's seating area, also known as the "meeting place."

Plans for the garden include a series of mosaic benches, a water fountain, a central counter- height service table with a re-circulating fountain, a series of mosaic-topped tree stumps and a piece of art that catches rainwater.

The project is made possible through the efforts of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts as part of a collaborative effort with the Ward Acres Community Garden Arts Committee and approval from the Municipal Arts Commission and City of New Rochelle.

Once the project is completed, planners anticipate children from the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle will be able to enjoy the art and use it as a resource for learning during after-school programs.

“Public art heightens our awareness, invites interaction and transforms the places in which we live and work,” said New Rochelle Council on the Arts President Judith Weber.

“It enhances the quality of life and brings art into the everyday arena. Public art demonstrates public pride and a positive sense of identity and values,” she said.

Goals of the grounds include building community, growing vegetables and helping to provide food to those throughout the city in need of it.

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