Unity Through Abstraction: One World Trade Center’s Inaugural Art Collection
José Parlá ONE: Union of the Senses 2014 Acrylic, Ink, Gesso and Enamel Paint on Wood. 14.5 feet by 90 feet
The pieces that hang in One World Trade Center, all large-scale, abstract works, were chosen for their ability to jolt World Trade tenants out of their daily grind—as the gallery’s founder, Asher Edelman, has said, the works were selected to inspire passersby “to look up from their hand-held devices and actually look around them.”
Fritz Bultman Gravity of Nightfall 1961 Oil on Canvas – 3 panels 96 x 144 in
To that effect, the centerpiece for the lobby—a mural that spans a staggering 90 feet—was created by the painter
The “sky lobby” on the 64th floor is an airy and tranquil space—with north-facing, wall-sized windows, it feels suspended in midair. For the space,
All the works on display at One World Trade Center, including pieces by explained, “We were trying to put art in the building that we thought would be unifying, instead of divisive. We wanted it to accommodate everyone’s tastes.”
Image credits: José Parlá, ONE: Union of the Senses, 2014. Acrylic, Ink, Gesso and Enamel Paint on Wood. 14.5 feet by 90 feet; Fritz Bultman, Gravity of Nightfall, 1961. Oil on Canvas – 3 panels 96 x 144 in.
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