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   Andrea Blum

107th Street Pier, Rustic and polished terrazzo, concrete, exposed aggregate, steel, 1991


107th Street Pier

Completion Date:



Rustic and polished terrazzo, concrete, exposed aggregate, steel


14' x 60' x 247'


East 107th Street Recreational Pier


107th Street and FDR Esplanade, Manhattan


Cavaglieri and Sultan

Sponsor Agency:

Economic Development Corporation

Design Agency:

Department of Parks and Recreation


Art Commission Award for Excellence in Design 1991

Andrea Blum's work features a number of elements designed to bring the 107th pier to life without undermining the existing structure. Blum created a new paving pattern executed in yellow, black, and white terrazzo and brushed gray concrete, and refurbished the concrete benches that encircle the lower level with yellow and black polished terrazzo. Materials were chosen for their ease of maintenance. Together with the renovated East River Esplanade, the finished pier provides much-needed recreational space for the East Harlem community.

About the Artist...
Andrea Blum was born in New York City and received her education at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has built permanent projects in California, Ohio, Minneapolis, Wisconsin, and Boston, as well as France, the Netherlands, and England. The East 107th St. Recreational Pier is her first permanent project in New York City.

Artist Quote...
We developed a plan that would bring life to the 107th Street Pier without undermining the existing structure historically, aesthetically, or functionally. It is hoped that the specialness of the Pier will become more special with the alterations we have made. The design concept is based on the shifting and mirroring of a set of images that become more solid or diffuse depending on their location within the structure. The layering of elements in space regardless of their material or function is what expands the given idea. Shifting the elements keeps the design clean yet unpredictable. The nighttime illumination was also studied carefully to emphasize the structure as well as the artistic effects. -- Blum, Cavaglieri & Sultan, 1987