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.
Astor Place’s “Alamo” Cube is known as the famed black spinning cubed artwork of the East Village but not now as it is now. The piece originally done by Tony Rosenthal is now wrapped in yarn by Artist Agata Olek. photo courtesy of Alex Sarkesian
5 in 1 throughout the year; first in slightly snowy winter; Danielle gives a sense of the scale; through the passageway of the Manhattan Municipal Building; in the distance down Chambers Street; and a memory from last summer.
5 in 1, 1973-1974 by Tony Rosenthal is another one of his massive Cor-Ten steel sculptures and is located at One Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan.
It’s five red disks represent the 5 boroughs of New York.