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Percent for Art

   Valerie Jaudon

Reunion, 1989, Brick, granite

 

Reunion

Completion Date:

1989

Medium:

Brick, granite

Dimensions:

34" diameter

Location:

Police Plaza Civic Center, One Police Plaza

Address:

Civic Center

Architect:

Jame Balsley

Sponsor Agency:

Police Department

Design Agency:

Department of General Services

 

Valerie Jaudon designed a new paving scheme, entitled Reunion, for the surface of the three-acre brick walkway that connects Police Headquarters with the Municipal Building in Lower Manhattan. Drawing on the plan for the Municipal Building's original 1910 inner courtyard, Jaudon designed traditional brick patterns of herringbone and basket-weave fields in brick and granite. The red brick sidewalk serves as a frame for inlaid-granite fractured diagonals and overlapping circles 34 feet (10.4 m) in diameter. The artist intended to make the pedestrian traffic passage more human in scale, while preserving the monumental character of the plaza. Art Commission Award for Excellence in Design 1987

About the Artist...
Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Valerie Jaudon attended the Mississippi State University for Women, the Memphis Academy of Art, the University of the Americas in Mexico City, and St. Martins School of Art in London. Jaudon has exhibited widely as a painter. Her previous public art projects include metal fencescreens for the NYC MTA, at the Lexington Avenue IRT Subway Station at 23rd Street.

Artist Quote...
Surrounded by the Civic Center and the Brooklyn Bridge, this art project is intimately woven into the fabric of downtown Manhattan. My goal is to unify the three-acre plaza by using materials and proportions already at the site and by drawing attention to its major visual axis. I also want to clarify the sense of place in each area of the plaza and make the pedestrian traffic passages more human in scale, while preserving the monumental character of the plaza. -- Jaudon, 1987