Alamo, 1967 by Tony Rosenthal is one of those great interactive pieces of public art. Situated on the Astor Place traffic island it is constructed of Cor-Ten steel. It’s therefore no surprise that the 1800 pound cube is heavy.
It spins! But not without a good hard push.
Alamo has been the subject of a number of pranks. In 2003 the cube was covered with cardboard panels to make it resemble a Rubik’s Cube.
Most recently, in 2011, Alamo was “yarnbombed” by Olek. You can see the crochet covered bicycles and trees that I have come across here, and here.
Photo by Patrick Hedlund