Take a Tour of Related’s Public Art Projects
Related changes the nature of the cities in which we build with one-of-a kind projects like Hudson Yards, Rosemary Square and Santa Clara. But constructing buildings is not the only way we impact cities; we have also commissioned extraordinary pieces of public art by some of the most famous artists in the world. And we’re adding more art all the time, including a soon-to-be-announced project in California. These pieces bring our spaces to life, igniting conversations and becoming landmarks in their own right. After all, what is Hudson Yards without Vessel? Or Time Warner Center without “Adam and Eve”?
“I have always been passionate about the impact art, sculpture and design can have on our lives – the memorable experiences they create and the warmth they bring to the places we live and visit,” Stephen Ross, Chairman of Related Companies, said about why he chooses to commission public art. “These pieces enhance our everyday lives and bring vast spaces down to a human scale.”
As summer is the perfect time to stroll around and take in outside art, we’ve rounded up some of the most impressive public art pieces we’ve commissioned around the country below.
“Adam and Eve” by Fernando Botero, Shops at Columbus Circle: No one can say this 12-foot-tall couple doesn’t make an impression – particularly a very *specific* part of Adam, which has actually changed color because so many hands have touched it. Whether they come to rub the statue for good luck, a funny picture, or just because– like Everest – it’s there, tourists and New Yorkers alike are irresistibly drawn to the towering couple, which kindly preside over the Shops at Columbus Circle like watchful guardians.
“Vessel” by Thomas Heatherwick, Hudson Yards: The stairs that launched a thousand selfies, “Vessel” has become one of the most talked-about public artworks in the country since it opened in March, with over 84,000 photos on Instagram tagged #thevessel (it’s actually just “Vessel,” FYI). The piece was intended to be the centerpiece of Hudson Yards, but has really become almost a new New York landmark due to its instantly recognizable form.
“Off the Wall” at Hudson Yards: Vessel isn’t the only artwork in Hudson Yards, however; go inside the Shops and Restaurants and you’ll find pieces installed throughout from some of the top contemporary artists in the world, like Rachel Feinstein, Lara Schnitger, Donald Robertson and many more. Curated by the creative consultancy Culture Corps, these works – collectively known as “Off the Wall” – invite the viewer to interact with them; Lara Schnitger’s “I Was Here,” for instance, is made up of velvet and sequined components that can be shuffled around to form words and scenes.
Mural by Tony “Rubin” Sjöman, One Hill South: Painted on the side of the building facing South Capitol Street, this mural by the Scandinavian artist Tony “Rubin” Sjöman is one of the largest art projects in D.C. The abstract forms in the piece compliments the modern design of the building by Morris Adjmi.
“City Place” Murals, Rosemary Square: Another collaboration with Culture Corps, these murals by prominent artists at “City Place” in the Rosemary Square district of West Palm Beach elevate otherwise mundane structures like a parking garage and a stairwell.
“Shipping Container” Mural by Lefty Out There, Box Shops by Related: Street artist Lefty Out There painted this mural as a bright and cheerful backdrop to the annual summer pop up in Chicago, where crowds gather every day to eat local foods and shop from Chicago vendors.
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