Posts Tagged ‘sculptures on buildings’

The men at work and rest on Park Avenue South

December 15, 2011

The apartment building at 55 Park Avenue South looks like a typical expensive and elegant pre-war residence.

So why did the developer put these carved images of men on the facade?

One is reading, one is thinking with a broom in his hand. One looks like he’s tying a string around a small package.

And the man with what looks like a pail? I don’t have any idea what he is doing. But I like him.

So many faces haunting New York streets

November 14, 2008

Some of the faces carved into city buildings are beautiful and peaceful. Others, like these, seem pained and distressed. What’s the story behind their expressions and why they’re paired up? If only we knew.

In the West Village, this man and woman are locked in a gloomy stare:


Troubled spirits East of Union Square:


On the facade of the Camelot, a tenement in the South Bronx, these two have never actually seen each other: