After being dislodged by a reckless driver and undergoing weeks of repairs, a signature piece of public art is back on the sidewalk at the intersection of Battery Park Avenue and Wall Street.
The sculpture of a big, black iron, by artist Reed Todd, was knocked away from its base when a man fleeing police rammed his car into it on Feb. 28. This morning, a crew of city staffers helped Todd reinstall the piece.
Diane Ruggiero, the city’s superintendent of cultural arts, was there to monitor the reinstallation. The iron has a fresh coat of paint, she explained, and a new set of elevated bolts underneath to let water flow under it (where rust had started to set in).
“It’s as good as new,” she said, as Todd welded the iron to its base.
(The sculpture sits next to the building housing Mountain Xpress’ offices. For those who can make it, please join us at the iron at 1 p.m. today — Monday, May 11 — for a celebratory photo.)
— Jon Elliston, managing editor