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Percent for Art

   Melvin Edwards

Tomorrow's Wind, Stainless Steel, 1995


Tomorrow's Wind

Completion Date:



Stainless steel




Thomas Jefferson Park and Pool


2180 First Avenue, Manhattan


Miceli Kulik Williams

Sponsor Agency:

Department of Parks and Recreation

Design Agency:

Department of Parks and Recreation

Melvin Edwards's stainless-steel abstract sculpture, entitled Tomorrow's Wind , features a large disk tilted upwards to mirror the sun. Adjacent to the disc is a towering vertical form, bisected at its base by a shape reminiscent of a stairway or building block. These three elements balance each other and reflect the shapes of nearby buildings. Edwards said of this work: "The sculptural forms, site, and creative imagination are combined to give a new experience to the community of viewers."

About the Artist...
Born in Texas, Melvin Edwards attended Los Angeles City College and the Los Angeles Art Institute, and received his B.F.A. from the University of Southern California. Edwards uses the skill of industry in shaping the abstract forms of his sculpture, calling them constructions. His work has appeared in the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1993 the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY, presented a thirty year retrospective of his work.