For the past few weeks, I’ve been scouting north of the city in the White Plains/Harrison area. The other day, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye while driving…
…peeking through the trees…
The East Village Cube! On some guy’s lawn!
If you’ve never been to NY, the iconic Astor Place Cube (officially known as The Alamo) is a beloved monument that might as well be the Statue of Liberty of the East Village.
Designed by artist Tony Rosenthal, the Cube can be spun on its axis, a popular activity enjoyed by the bored and drunk alike. It’s been covered in magnetic lights, dressed to look like a giant Rubik’s Cube, and when it was removed for maintenance in 2005, mournful locals installed a PVC replica until its return.
As for its Westchester County counterpart: I could only see it from the street, but it appeared to be nearly identical in size to the Cube…
…though didn’t seem to be as geometrically varied:
So does this random homeowner have his own Cube? At least one other exists – a duplicate on the University of Michigan campus. Then again, I’m sure pivoted cubes are a dime a dozen in the world of modern art.
But the big question remains: does it rotate?
Because what’s the point of having a giant cube if you can’t spin it?
Reader Steve posted this link to Rosenthal cubes, and it’s almost definitely one of the bunch…But it’s not listed. Hmmm…
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