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