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Mark Salinas' Thank Yous (Recycled), Image provided by the Artist

Times Square Transformation, Spring 2014
Broadway Plazas btwn 41st & 47th Streets

From over 55 international submissions, the Times Square Transformation Selection committee chose Thank Yous (Recycled) as the second installation to be displayed on the construction fencing. The large-scale public art installation by Sunnyside-based artist Mark Salinas addresses the surplus of plastic shopping bags in circulation and strives to build awareness by recycling the positive messages printed on them.

This bold and colorful Times Square installation has quite a simple, mundane origin: the plastic shopping bag. Disposable and cheap, under-valued and over-produced, Thank Yous (Recycled) introduces a public re-awareness in the cheerful expressions found printed on our many shopping bags.

These plastic shopping bags, whether originating at neighborhood retailers or collected in personal efforts of picking up litter, will have their colorful courteous messages extracted and recycled. Extremely cropped expressions taken from these bags will become super-enlarged splashes of color and shapes printed upon vinyl mesh. These banners, installed on hundreds of construction barriers in Times Square during its renovation, will aesthetically buffer street construction while retaining the visual urban edginess for which Times Square is known.

"I believe Thank Yous (Recycled) is just perfect for Times Square, to both visitors and residents alike, with its simple shopping bag origin and colorful super-enlarged graphics. To have my work amidst the glowing, global energy of Times Square is an honor!” - Mark Salinas

About Mark Salinas

Mark Salinas (b.1973) is a designer based in Sunnyside, Queens. He received his BFA in sculpture from Washington University, an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design, and his certificate in Tailoring from Central St. Martins in London. After 12 successful years in the Fine Art, Film, and Fashion industry, Salinas launched his own design and fabrication studio, Arrows Up, in 2007, specializing in retail window displays and marketing props. His roster of notable clients includes Adidas, Chanel, Macy's, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the National Kidney Foundation. Even while designing for others, his Sunnyside studio is kept busy with personal projects such as community beautification efforts, artists residencies, and creative collaborations.

About Times Square Transformation

Times Square Transformation is a partnership collaboration between Times Square Arts and the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), turning construction fences at the crossroads of the world into a large-scale canvas for a rotating contemporary art gallery.

The reconstruction project area encompasses Duffy Square and the Broadway Plazas, between 41st to 47th Streets, Broadway to Seventh Avenue

To read more about the ongoing TSq Transformation Project click here