Thursday, January 9, 2014

Red Cube

Red Cube by Isamu Noguchi, Marine Midland Building, New York
“Red Cube” by Isamu Noguchi, 1968
Marine Midland Building (also HSBC Bank Building)
New York, September 2007

“The bright red painted steel of Isamu Noguchi's Red Cube stands out in strong contrast to the blacks, browns, and whites of the buildings and sidewalks around the sculpture. Located to one side of a small plaza in front of the HSBC (previously the Marine Midland Bank) building on Broadway, Red Cube is surrounded on three sides by skyscrapers, the height of which draw a viewer's eye upwards. The sculpture itself adds to this upward pull, as it balances on one corner, the opposite corner reaching towards the sky. Despite its title, the sculpture is not actually a cube, but instead seems as though it has been stretched along its vertical axis.”
(Red Cube, New York Public Art Curriculum)

1 comment:

cieldequimper said...

Somebody at the New York Curriculum went to a lot of trouble to explain this thing...