New York

Thomas Faulkner

Bryant Park

An art installation in Bryant Park must coexist with an urban space in metamorphosis which offers many identities yet seeks just one. Stretching behind Carrère & Hastings’ New York Public Library, the park is surrounded by graceful architectural texture to the south and east and lumbering banal giants to the west and north. This half-block zone absorbs influences and impulses from Times Square street culture and Fifth Avenue commerce, and there is no clear trend in the struggle for territory. Recent antidotes of white garden furniture, book stalls, and kiosks are awkward amenities transplanted to seduce business people to challenge street people for possession of the park. Once again, art and design are in the service of politics and public relations.

Thomas Faulkner created something quite compelling in Bryant Park. Sponsored by the Public Art Fund, he built an ambitious yet modest

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