Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mosaic Mural Uncovered Near Bryant Park

The building in which the Bryant Park executive offices are located, 5 Bryant Park (just across 6th Avenue from the park and a great vantage point for aerial photographs of the park), is undergoing a facelift.

As part of the renovations, the building exterior is being re-clad. When the old facade was removed, a gorgeous mosaic by artist Max Spivak was uncovered.

The mural was uncovered earlier this week during construction work.
The WPA artist lived in Manhattan. He was briefly an accountant before concentrating full time on his art. Spivak's mosaics were commissioned for public buildings around the city, including schools, libraries, and office buildings. For more information about the artist, check out his obituary in the New York Times.

The artist poses in front of his mosaic in a photograph dated from 1957.
Image from Archive of American Art

The discovery of this forgotten mural made us wonder: what other gems of New York art are hidden?

This is not the first time that there has been beautiful public art at 5 Bryant Park. For more information about Art Battles, a recent exhibit, head over to Untapped Cities.

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