17. Brookfield Properties’ Charles Ray and Christopher Wool Installations
Two new art installations will be coming to Manhattan West, Brookfield Properties’ eight-acre mixed-use development building at West 31st Street and 9th Ave. The combination of Charles Ray and Christopher Wool’s individual pieces will promote Brookfield Properties’ commitment to creating vibrant urban spaces.
Charles Ray’s sculpture Adam and Eve will be situated to stand outside of the Brookfield Properties’ skyscrapers, One and Two Manhattan West. Adam and Eve will display two nearly ten feet tall figures created out of solid blocks of stainless steel. The sculpture harmonizes with the energy of the new Manhattan West neighborhood, and the nearby places like Madison Square Garden, the High Line, and Moynihan Train Hall. The installation also plays well with the steel and glass skyscrapers surrounding it, all of them reflecting light, sky, city, and clouds.
Adding to the installation, Christopher Wool debuts his first mosaic, titled Crosstown Traffic. The artwork began as a small painting that Wool turned into a massive 28 x 39-foot plain of stone and glass with the help of numerous artists at a studio outside of Venice, Italy. The mosaic will be installed in the lobby of Two Manhattan West.