Tony Rosenthal Landmark 35' Public Art Sculpture Requires Public Art Funding

Tony Rosenthal 5 in 1, 1973-74, One Police Plaza
It has been more than 40 years since Tony Rosenthal's Landmark 35 foot 5 in 1, 1973-74, Sculpture was installed at One Police Plaza.
Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.

Recently, the Design Commission of the City of New York informed Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., that New York City does not have the required funds to reverse the years of neglect of this Landmark Sculpture, installed at One Police Plaza.

The Adopt-A-Monument program helps to preserve public art sculpture in New York City and around the Country. Mr. Rosenthal's Alamo, 1967 cube sculpture, was the first public sculpture to be conserved by the Adopt-A-Monument program, and now the artist's 5 in 1 sculpture requires similar attention.

5 in 1, Tony Rosenthal's 35 foot Cor-Ten Steel Sculpture, was the second of Five Public Art Sculptures, created by the Artist now on Permanent 24/7 display in New York City. Rosenthal's Alamo, 1967 was not only the first of five New York City Public Art Sculptures, but also has the well-known distinction of being the first Post War Contemporary Sculpture purchased by The City of New York.

Tony Rosenthal's Art is so familiar and has been part of the Public Art Landscape for decades that more people recognize Tony Rosenthal Art than known the name of the man who created it.

Best known for his large Public Art Sculptures, Tony Rosenthal created Sculptures in a variety of mediums, including Wood, Aluminum, Cor-Ten Steel; sizes, from Maquettes of a few inches to Monumental Outdoor Sculpture of several hundred feet. Instantly recognizable and seen by millions every year, Rosenthal's Sculptures are better known by their shape and landmark appearance.

Edward Albee, the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, said it best in his introduction to Sam Hunter's Book "Tony Rosenthal," Rizzoli, 1999, "Tony Rosenthal goes to his studio every day, wrenches steel, bends aluminum, cuts and bolts, fashions and refines. He is both artisan and artist, rendering conscious that which his creative instinct insists upon."

5 in 1, 1973-74, consists of five interlocking discs which represent the interconnectedness of the City's Five Boroughs, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

Although Tony Rosenthal created Abstract Art for over five decades, there was nothing random in the process of creation and his Maquette is no different. Mr. Rosenthal envisioned interlocking discs painted red in Maquette's for 5 in 1.

However, a lack of funds prevented the Red Coat of Paint specified by Tony Rosenthal, and the Sculpture was initially installed with the raw Cor-Ten Steel exposed. Because of the exorbitant cost of constantly removing graffiti, funds were raised to paint the 5 in 1 Sculpture Red, ultimately completing the One Police Plaza Commission with the Artist's original vision.

Tony Rosenthal Website

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