Wonderful news for fans of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, whose ethereal edifices, including the $4 billion World Trade Center transportation hub downtown, are nothing if not sculptural.
He has created seven new aluminum sculptures, painted red, black and silver, which will be installed along the Park Avenue median between 52nd and 55th streets on June 8th and will remain there until mid-November.
The exhibition is organized by the Marlborough Gallery, the NYC Parks Department, and the Fund for Park Avenue.
Calatrava is a visionary and a genius, but also controversial. Some of his buildings have had cost overruns and delays in construction, but they are monumental and inspirational when completed. Brilliant architects have often been controversial, starting with the designer of the Temple of Abydos.
Last year, the Daily News reported that Calatrava lives and works in “three side-by-side townhouses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.” We met him once at a small dinner hosted by Nassir Al-Nasser, the Qatari diplomat who was president of the U.N. General Assembly, and his wife Muna Rihani. Senor Calatrava was the essence of reason and modesty. Great men often are.
We can’t wait to see the sculptures gracing Park Avenue.