The Real World
Description:Since its installation in 1992, Tom Otterness's collection of bronze
sculptures has become one of New York's most popular public art pieces.
At first glance, a delightful mix of highly stylized human and animal
characters populating a fairy-tale world, the artist's commentary on the
financial world surfaces upon closer inspection.
Description:Porphyrios's pavilion is both structure and
sculpture: a place to take shelter from sun or
rain, and a beautiful work of art.
Location:The Esplanade, just north of North Cove
Description:Two tall stainless steel columns, one of them airy and open, made of
wire mesh; the other solid and angular, create a symbolic portal at the
river's edge. The piece is especially striking at night, when it is
World Financial Center Plaza
Artist:Siah Armajani, M. Paul Friedberg, Scott Burton
Description:A seamless blend of form and function, WFC Plaza contains sculptural seating surfaces and
tables as well as a whimsical and intriguing selection of quotes from Walt Whitman and
Frank O'Hara inscribed in bronze lettering on the steel railing overlocking the river, and the
decorative fence around the lawn.
The Upper Room
Location:The Esplanade, at Albany Street
Description:Like a cross between a giant chess set and a ancient
archeological site. The Upper Room is an assemblage of
columns and collonades creating spaces that seem to have
come from another world. Both playful and profound,
the sculpture exerts a powerful appeal.
Artist:R. M. Fischer
Location:The Esplanade, at Rector Place
Description:This steel, bronze and granit archway rises some 50'
above the ground, forming a fanciful 1950's science-
fiction inspired portal linking Battery Park City to
the larger city beyond.
Location:The Esplanade, at West Thames Street
Description:Subtle yet provocative, Artschwager's granite, steel, and wood
installation is designed to make us think more deliberately about our
surroundings. Composed of stylized renderings of familiar objects,
Sitting/Stance is equal parts play and polemic.
Artist:Mary Miss, Stanton Eckstut, Susan Child
Location:The Esplanade, at South Cove
Description:South Cove is a place based artwork, the result
of a collaboration between an artist (Mary Miss), a landscape
architect (Susan Child) and an architect (Stan Eckstut). The
piece incorporates natural materials, plantings, constructed
elements, and the waterand sky themselves to create
a beautiful and very moving environment.
Ape & Cat (At the Dance)
Description:Dine's large scale bronze sculptures depicts an other-worldly couple- the ape and
the cat- dancing cheek to cheek. What is striking about the piece is that despite their
obvious lack of human characteristics, the ape and the cat seem almost human, and
thus prompt us to reflect on ourselves.
Description:Known for her sculptures of oversized body parts, Louise Bourgeois'
two large polished spheres watch over the Hudson River from the
perimeter of the lawn.
Description:Tomy Cragg's Resonating Bodies are two enotmous bronze sculptures - one five feet tall
and fifteen feet long, the other fifteen feet tall and five feet wide - in the form of musical
instruments, a tuba and a lute. Gargantuan yet still delicate and realistic, the pieces invite
us to touch and play them.
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