It should have been red, like from the movie “The Blob”.
Love it -mad props Anish.
I walked around the new bean this afternoon to see what was going on. The artwork clearly has flaws but I love it. Fingerprints are present and will need periodic cleaning off. Some of the seams are visible. The assembly was certainly complex. Cloudgate in Chicago was much easier. It was assembled offsite and then put in place. The bean here had to be put together piece by piece in very tight quarters with a complex support system. Despite the flaws it does what it is supposed to do—comment on the remarkable cantilevers of the building above and the seemingly enormous weight that the outcroppings present in their jenga like design. And as the pictures below show the bean becomes very impressive from just a short distance away to the north on Church Street. Take a trip and see for yourself. And it is drawing people. A number of folks walked by and took pictures and the kids getting off a school bus on the corner were Gaga. It was fun watching their reactions.
Now if they could only get rid of the street light and sign that is in the way.
I can’t get over how this is a very NYC version of the bean. Something that has its own special space in Chicago is crushed under a high rise building here.
So true, It’s as if the city forces shaped the bean
New York building captures Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP). Ralph the Doorman, says, nothin special. What we do.
Picture was supposed to show hand print on the bean but reflects back like a mirror. Very cool, Sir Anish Kapoor.
The bean looked pretty bad already. Tons of handprints everywhere and the seams are still very noticeable.
I honestly don’t know why Kapoor or Alexico Group thought having one would be a good idea. I personally think sculptures or works of art like that present better in open areas (like Cloud Gate), I think an abstract piece like those found throughout FiDi would’ve sufficed better for this tower.
Like so many other facets of NY life, maintenance is important. Someone on the staff of the building has to do some regular maintenance here too. It wouldn’t take much time or effort to regularly wipe the bean down. The seam issue is probably here to stay (though it is not visible much if you step away a bit) but the fingerprints should disappear often.
Is this building going to get any lighting? It’s beautiful during the day but invisible at night.
There were never plans for any lighting.
Yeah I’m not even sure how they could light a building like this in a way that wouldn’t bother residents.
If this were a dorm building for college kids, you’d see that tacky LED strip lighting in their units and balconies lol