A monumental sculpture is now displayed under the arches of an office tower in downtown White Plains known as 50 Main Street.
The nearly 18 feet tall sculpture, which is made of highly polished stainless steel, is located at the entrance to the building, which is owned and managed by Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC).
The sculpture, called Fragments of Something Bigger, is the work of Bulgarian sculptor Georgi Minchev, who was selected through a competitive process coordinated by ArtsWestchester. GDC and ArtsWestchester received submissions from 36 sculptors.
“Looking for new means of expression in my work, I decided to use combinations of the basic geometric figure cube,” Minchev said. “This form, together with the sphere, are one of the most communicative and understanding geometric forms for man.”
“Minchev’s signature steel sculpture will welcome visitors to White Plains and feel fresh and new every time people pass by it due to the varied reflection of light off the sculpture’s material,” said Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “Working with innovative developers like Martin Ginsburg, ArtsWestchester is proud to be enlivening Westchester’s cities and towns with world-class works of public art.”
Martin Ginsburg noted two other sculptures that stood outside 50 Main Street and 1-11 Martine Avenue and were recently restored by Seward Johnson Atelier were also returning to their long-standing spots.
“This exciting new sculpture is yet another example of how working in partnership with ArtsWestchester we are bringing outstanding public art to downtown White Plains and Westchester County,” Ginsburg said of the new 50 Main Street attraction.
The new sculpture is the latest collaboration between GDC and ArtsWestchester. Last year, GDC and ArtsWestchester unveiled the work of nine artists from the greater Westchester area as part of GDC’s investment in its art collection for 50 Main Street. The unveiling was part of a grand opening of the first phase of GDC’s reinvention of the 50 Main Street office building which includes a new mezzanine amenity level. A key feature of the new common space is a contemporary art collection curated by ArtsWestchester that features numerous Hudson Valley artists.
50 Main Street is a key component of GDC’s transformation of the former Westchester Financial Center into City Square, a new mixed-use center. In addition to the modernization of 50 Main Street, the project includes the transformation of the 1 Martine Avenue office building into 188 luxury rental apartments, a new restaurant and retail space along Main Street and the creation of City Square Park, a private open space on the roof deck of the 1,000-space parking garage that connects all buildings and features fountains, waterfalls, walking paths, a putting green and outdoor dining on a one-acre beautifully landscaped space. The focus on artwork will be carried throughout the entire project,