This remarkable Island/Sculpture/Architecture was not my original destination. It’s something I found as I explored. Seeing it from a distance, I remembered reading about it and had to check it out.
I’m on the western edge of Manhattan Island. The water is the Hudson River, with New Jersey visible on the other side. The concrete tulips form the base of an artificial island, but for what purpose, you may ask? I’ll get into that tomorrow. Appreciate it today for its design considerations, contrasting with a nearly-disintegrated wooden pier.
Years ago, working piers ringed Manhattan, acting as docks for sailing and steamships. Most of that infrastructure is gone now, repurposed for the modern age.
Here’s another view of the concrete island, odd-looking with trees growing on top. It looks futuristic, and that’s why it draws me in. The monochrome treatment of a uniquely-shaped structure with patterned clouds makes for a somewhat abstract subject.
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