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Alexander Calder's Terrazzo Sidewalk

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Sidewalk art by sculptor and artist Alexander Calder

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Upper East Side
Public Art, What New Yorkers Find Beautiful, Arts and Entertainment, Historic Site & Museum

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Alexander Calder's Terrazzo Sidewalk is a unique work by an artist famous for his mobile sculptures. Installed in 1970, the sidewalk is 75 by 15 feet, and is made up of black-and-white parallel and diagonal lines and crescents. In 2002, the sidewalk was renovated at the cost of $100,000



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Michael Gotkin

This was the center of avant-garde art before it moved downtown, when there was still a concentration of galleries who represented Calder.



Matt Postal

This area was the focus of the city's art world before the last moment when the Whitney Museum opened. The owners of three adjacent galleries commissioned Calder to design their shared sidewalk: Robert Graham, Klaus Perls (who represented Calder), and Morton Rosenfeld. Installed September 18, 1970, the sidewalk is 75 feet by 15 feet, and made up of black-and-white parallel and diagonal lines and crescents. This is Calder's only sidewalk and his only work in terrazzo.


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