The Jewish Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has proposed a vibrant, multi-story mural to be installed at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 92nd Street. The neon blue artwork was designed by Lawrence Weiner in 2011 and reads “All the stars in the sky have the same face,” in Hebrew, Arabic, and English lettering.
Located at 1109 Fifth Avenue, the Jewish Museum was originally constructed as a private single-family home know as Warburg Mansion. The structure was completed in 1908 by architect Charles Pierrepont Henry Gilbert, often abbreviated as C. P. H. Gilbert. The home was commissioned by Jewish philanthropist Felix M. Warburg and sits directly across from Central Park.
The Jewish Museum was established within Warburg Mansion in 1947 and designated a New York City landmark in 1981.
While the proposed mural is a stark departure from the structure’s ornate French Renaissance façade, its temporary nature and positive message is a selling point for the ruling members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission who must sign off on construction despite existing DOB approvals.
To support the temporary artwork, submitted proposals specify the installation of temporary bracket channels and steel anchors that will be drilled into the limestone façade. Galvanized steel brackets will then be hung from the anchors and hooked into the polyester mesh mural banner.