Work has still yet to finish on the amorphous mirrored “bean” sculpture at the base of 56 Leonard Street, an 821-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Tribeca. The art piece, which sits partially complete between the sidewalk and the cantilevering ceiling of the ground floor by the intersection of Church and Leonard Streets, is the work of Anish Kapoor, the creator of Chicago’s chrome steel-plated Cloud Gate and the ArcelorMittal Orbit from the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Herzog & de Meuron and Hill West Architects are the designers of the tower, one of the tallest structures in Lower Manhattan.
Recent photos show the back side of the bean facing 56 Leonard Street in place, while the inner hollow cutout has been boarded up with plywood until work resumes on the project. The chrome finish and joints between each of the panels we see so far appear smooth and seamless. The rest of the bean will bulge outward to the east and create a distorted reflection of the surrounding buildings. Click here to see what it looked like when the first curved pieces were being delivered on flatbeds and wrapped in a protective black sheets. The adjacent ground-floor retail space is still available for lease with frontage facing Church Street.
56 Leonard Street’s staggered and protruding floors and balconies make it an eye-catching fixture on the Lower Manhattan skyline, and the addition of the smooth sculpture will further its idiosyncratic reputation.
A completion date for Anish Kapoor’s sculpture is unclear, but it’s possible that work could resume once the weather gets warmer.