Beverly Pepper (b.1924, New York City, NY) created Cleopatra’s Wedge in 1991. This 18 1/2-foot tall, rust-colored steel sculpture dramatically complements its lower Manhattan site. In color, mass and shape, Cleopatra’s Wedge exemplifies the perfect relationship between sculpture and its surrounding architecture, which here includes an adjacent building by noted architect César Pelli. James M. Clark, Executive Director of the Public Art Fund, describes the work as a “monolithic, abstract piece of great beauty and presence.”
This exhibition is made possible by the Battery Park City Authority. The Sculpture Program is organized by The Public Art Fund, which served as consultants for this project. The installation of Cleopatra’s Wedge marks the Public Art Fund’s second placement of a major sculpture in consultation to the Battery Park City Authority: in 1991 Modern Head, a monumental sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein, was placed at the same location for a one-year period.
Sponsored by the Battery Park City Authority and the Public Art Fund and courtesy of the Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York.
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