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Group of Four Trees by Jean Dubuffet at 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza

Group of Four Trees
All Photos By Gail

Group of Four Trees (1969-72 ) by artist Jean Dubuffet is a black and white sculpture standing just in front of the black and white Chase Manhattan Bank building. The similarities between the sculpture and building, however, stop there.

Group of Four Trees Detail

The building’s straight lines and evenly-spaced rows of windows stand in contrast to the irregular surfaces of Group of Four Trees. The forms of the trees are made up of a series of varying planes, all white, and connected together by thick black outlines. The trees’ canopies lean in different directions, and the heights of the four trees are all different, making the viewer’s eye move all around the sculpture, following the many lines that are present.

Group of Four Trees Detail

The trees manage to look both big and small at the same time. Although almost dwarfed by the surrounding buildings, Group of Four Trees in turn stands high above the people who walk by. Because of the unusual shapes of the trees, and the lack of natural color, the trees seem not quite organic. They do, however, add dynamic movement to the plaza.

Group of Four Trees Detail

In 1969, David Rockefeller, then chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, asked Jean Dubuffet to design models for a possible sculpture to be placed in front of the bank’s new building. Already, the building’s plaza included Isamu Noguchi’s Sunken Garden, completed in 1964, and the bank’s leaders wanted to add another sculpture as well.

Dubuffet submitted a number of models, of which Group of Four Trees was chosen. He then enlarged the piece for placement in the plaza. The sculpture is made of synthetic plastic over an aluminum frame, with a steel armature holding the whole piece together.

Group of Four Trees is located in the Chase Manhattan Bank Plaza, off Pine Street, between Nassau and William Streets, in NYC’s Financial District.

A Study in Yellow

A Study in Yellow
Photo By Gail

There aren’t too many more weeks (days, even) left in the fall season that we’ll be seeing brightly colored trees like this; at least not here in the City. What I love most about the yellow-leafed tree is the way its color is set-off by the yellow School Crossing Ahead sign, and the three (count ’em!) yellow NYC Taxi’s parked at the adjacent curb. When have you seen three parked taxis all in a row like that?

Photographed in Chinatown, November 2014.

Big City of Dreams Mural by Tristan Eaton

Big City of Dreams
Photo By Gail

Back in May of this year, LA-based artist Tristan Eaton spent some time in NYC painting a few of his stunning, patchwork detail murals along Broome Street in Soho. This one, entitled Big City of Dreams, is adjacent to an outdoor parking lot on Broome near Centre Market Place.

Big City of Dreams by Tristan Eaton

Yes, It Exists: Cupcake ATM

Cupcake ATM
All Photos By Gail

The Ramones were so right on when they sang “Well, New York City Really Has It All,” because hungry, on-the-go Manhattanites can now purchase a freshly-baked cupcake at any time from an ATM right on the street! It simply does not get any more Space Age convenient than that. If you live in NYC, you might even remember when this made the local news.

Cupcake ATM and Storefront

The Cupcake ATM is attached to the front of Sprinkles Cupcake Store, and it is continuously restocked day and night with a variety of freshly baked cupcake flavors and even Cupcakes for your Dog! New York City!

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM is Located at 780 Lexington Avenue between 60th & 61st streets (Near Bloomingdale’s!) in NYC!

Sprinkles Cupcakes

David Shrigley Eyeglass Cleaning Cloth

David Shrigley Eyeglass Cleaning Cloth
Photo By Gail

In keeping with his typical dark and somewhat insane sense of humor, artist David Shrigley has designed this Eyeglass Cleaning Cloth — with his original drawings depicting what one’s pupils look like while under the influence of Crack, and also Heroin — which can be purchased in the gift shop at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC. Funny.