For years I’ve walked by this sculpture installation at the corner of Water Street and Old Slip, and assumed it was one of John Chamberlain’s crushed car works. But recently I was compelled to snap a few photographs and do a bit of Googling. What I found out is that back in 1970, artist William Tarr made this sculpture from aluminum panels meant for the facade of 77 Water Street (the building on whose plaza it sits) that were rejected due to their imperfections. Thus, the sculpture’s name, Rejected Skin.
Sculptor Victor Scallo created this sculpture that consists of four rectangular stainless steel blocks, which are meant to represent nearby buildings in the Financial District.
There isn’t any water in the fountain at the moment, but when there is, there are five nozzles (visible in the photos above) located near the surface of the pool that spray water upwards into the air. Cityscape Fountains (1969) stands outside the plaza on 77 Water Street (adjacent to Front Street and Gouverneur Lane).
Conversation, a grouping of colorful public seating (by artist B. Morgan) is located in the rear of the plaza at 77 Water Street, just off Water and Old Slip in NYC’s Financial District.
When I took these photos, a lot of people, appropriately, appeared to be using this area to sit and talk on their phones. This space is also adjacent to where a bunch of food trucks park, so it’s a convenient place to sit and eat and people watch while the weather is still decent.
Those big pink partitions also make it an ideal location to hide from your co-workers while you are on a smoking break.