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Percent for Art

   Siah Armajani

Lighthouse and Bridge on Staten Island, Steel, Stained Glass and Wood, 1996

   

Lighthouse and Bridge on Staten Island

Completion Date:

1996

Medium:

Steel, Stained Glass and Wood

Dimensions:

65' x 65'

Location:

North Shore Esplanade at St. George's Ferry Terminal

Address:

Staten Island

Architect:

Johannson & Walcavage

Sponsor Agency:

Economic Development Corporation

Design Agency:

Department of Transportation

 

Donna Walcavage, the landscape artist, has designed a public plaza on the shore of the Hudson River close to the Ferry Landing on Staten Island.

Within the Plaza the lighthouse and bridge is located. The lighthouse and bridge is not about itself; it is there to mediate. Mediation is to make a neighborly space by sharing it and then leaving it alone namely to draw the viewer's attention.

The lighthouse and bridge redirects the viewer's attention to the larger context of the neighborhood. The lighthouse and bridge embraces all other forms and functions as well as the river and the plaza and the neighborhood. The lighthouse and bridge fits into a way of life and is not an end in itself. It tries to fit into this way of life by providing ornament and a background mood. It embraces all other forms of representation "

Artist Quote...
All buildings and all streets are ornaments. Moreover, the lighthouse and bridge gives a place to the representational arts of poetry, music, and performing. By embracing all of the arts, the lighthouse and bridge asserts its own perspective everywhere. -- Armajani, 1996