Tony Rosenthal, ‘5 in 1’, 1973-1974, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
Tony Rosenthal, ‘5 in 1’, 1973-1974, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
Tony Rosenthal, ‘5 in 1’, 1973-1974, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
Tony Rosenthal, ‘5 in 1’, 1973-1974, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.

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 Artist who created 5 in 1, 1973-74 , the 35 foot Cor-Ten Steel Sculpture installed at One Police Plaza.

5 in 1, 1973-74 , Tony Rosenthal's 35 Cor-Ten Steel Sculpture, was the second of five Tony Rosenthal Public Art Sculptures, now on Permanent 24/7 display in New York City. Rosenthal's Alamo, 1967, was not only the first of five Tony Rosenthal New York City Public Art Sculptures, but also has the distinction of being the first Post War Contemporary Sculpture purchased by the City of New York.

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 for 5 in 1, 1973-74, is no different. Rosenthal envisioned interlocking five discs painted red in his original 5 in 1, 1973-74 maquette.

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

It has been 35 years since the Tony Rosenthal 5 in 1, 1973-74, Cor-Ten Sculpture was installed; like many Public Art Sculptures, a program of maintenance is vital. Because of years of neglect, 5 in 1, 1973-74, requires extensive structural restoration to preserve this million dollar landmark, now part of the lower Manhattan landscape at One Police Plaza.

We have been informed that the Design Commission of the City of New York does not have the funds to restore the sculpture and as a result, must count on contributions from the Adopt-A-Monument.

The Adopt-A-Monument program helps to preserve Public Sculpture in New York City and around the Country. Mr. Rosenthal's Alamo, was the first Public Sculpture to be conserved by the Adopt-A-Monument program, and now 5 in 1, 1973-74, requires similar attention.

Image rights: © Tony Rosenthal/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Collection: City of New York
One Police Plaza

About Tony Rosenthal

Best known for his monumental sculptures in public spaces, Tony Rosenthal produced major works in cities across the United States, from Chicago, Detroit, and Honolulu, to Los Angeles and Miami. His most famous work is Alamo in Manhattan’s Astor Place, also known as the The Cube, a 15-foot revolving Cor-Ten steel sculpture that is considered a New York City landmark. The playwright Edward Albee once observed about Rosenthal’s work: “His monumental outdoor pieces, set in landscapes or in busy city spaces, seem always to have been there…Like all the important metal workers—like Stankiewicz, like Caro, like Serra, like Chamberlain—Rosenthal’s objects instruct us, alter our perceptions, disturb and thrill us by their audacity, their wonder and their inevitability.”

American, 1914-2009

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