For Centuries and Still... (Anticipated Completion)

Harlem Art Park (E 120th St and Sylvan Pl), NYC

On view Now-October 2023

Collaboration with Kevin Quiles Bonilla


Plywood, Foam, Plaster Resin, Paint, Plexiglass

13' x 30' x 20'

For centuries, and still...(anticipated completion) recreates a guard tower (or garita, in Spanish) from the iconic colonial fortresses of Old San Juan, built out of NYC construction fencing material. Echoing the hastily painted green plywood walls, paint sprayed “Post No Bills'' stencils, and everyday interventions such as buffed out graffiti and commercial posters, these elements represent a NYC visual language, which creates a visually specific link to Puerto Rico, its colonial legacy to the US, and the history of migration between both locations.

Photos by Ariana Sarwari

Full artist statement here


Made possible in part with funding from:

Friends of Art Park Alliance


New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

New York State Council on the Arts

Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ)