At first, the idea to transform the overgrown courtyard at the Mott Haven Public Library into an open air square seemed like a long shot.
The artist group BroLab came up with the plan for “Piazza Gratissima” last fall as part of an art show series at the Bronx River Arts Center.
“Some of us were more sure than others that we were going to be able to pull this off,” artist Ryan Roa laughed.
But then their fund-raising campaign on Kickstarter.com successfully reached its $5,000 goal and now the improbable is about to become a reality.
BroLab will present their idea for “Piazza Gratissima” at Thursday’s Bronx Community Board 1 meeting slated for 6 p.m. at 3024 3rd Ave. in Melrose.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Roa said. “We’re just really happy and excited to actually be able to do it.”
The plans call for the 250-square foot lot to be outfitted with a wooden deck ringed with benches. The seating is built into an elevated garden to be filled with flowering plants, perhaps even vegetables.
“It’s a unique little nook that will represent something more for the community,” said BroLab artist Adam Brent. “It will be a place for people to come together with a literary backdrop that I think will really bolster the community.”
To learn more about “Piazza Gratissima,” visit brolab.org.