A large curvaceous, reflective sculpture by Anish Kapoor that was commissioned for a prominent street corner in Lower Manhattan back in 2008 has finally been completed. The yet-to-be-titled work, which shares many features with the British artist's iconic "Cloud Gate" sculpture in Chicago — known colloquially as "the bean" — is now shining crisply at the corner of Church and Leonard streets in Tribeca.
It is 19 feet tall at its highest point and is estimated to have cost between $8 million and $10 million to create.
Unlike the freestanding Chicago sculpture, which occupies a prominent public plaza in Millennium Park, the new Tribeca bean appears wedged beneath the canopy of 56 Leonard, a luxury condominium building better known as the "Jenga Tower" due to its cantilevering volumes that resemble the game's dangerously teetering woodblocks. The tower was designed by renowned Swiss architecture practice Herzog & de Meuron for real estate development firm Alexico Group, which also commissioned Kapoor's sculpture.
"When completed, the entire sculpture will be suspended with a system of cables and spring members so that it will be able to move slightly with changes of temperature and wind and snow loads."
One unintended benefit of the Tribeca bean's enormous delays is that it has been unveiled in the middle of what is now one of New York's main gallery districts — a selfie-friendly beacon for the art-lovers criss-crossing the neighborhood. You can read more here.
There are so many amazing public art exhibits throughout the city. We cannot wait to go see “The Bean”. The New York City market continues to gain momentum. Spring is right around the corner.