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Percent for Art

   Freddy Rodriguez

The Garden, Terra Cotta Columns and Guitar, Granite Paving Design, 1995


The Garden

Completion Date:



Terra cotta, granite adn bronze




P.S. 37


West 230th Street, Bronx


Liebman Melting Partnership

Sponsor Agency:

Board of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority

At the first floor entrance of P.S. 37, a granite paving stretches out underfoot in the subtle and elegant shape of a guitar. The guitar shape is echoed by the curved line of the ceiling above. It is executed in radiant red and blue-grey pearl, with a flamed finish for traction and a polished finish for accenting. The design is further embellished by six bronze strips representing guitar strings. The entryway is flanked by two huge columns covered with colorful, terra cotta tiles. The artist chose visual images of flora and fauna to emphasize the beauty of growth and evolution. The natural world is presented filled with flowers, birds, vines, and butterflies in various stages of life. The columns are scattered with swirl shaped flowers in red, yellow, and purple, linked together by green vines and leaves.

About the Artist...
Freddy Rodriguez comes from a family of artists. He moved to New York from the Dominican Republic when he was eighteen and studied painting at the Art Students League and the New School for Social Research, and textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He was named "Gregory Millard Fellow in Painting" in 1991 by the New York Foundation for the Arts and was a NYSCA Artist in Residence at El Museo del Barrio in 1992. He represented the United States at the IV Painting Biennial in Cuenca, Ecuador and has lectured on art throughout Central and South America.

Artist Quote...
Making good art is very difficult. So difficult that after almost 30 years of painting I am still learning. If I ever learn everything there is to know about it, I'll quit. I expect it will never happen. Painting is not dead. -- Rodriguez, 1996