Well, actually, I didn't build Pier 57 - that was done by the New York City Marine and Aviation Department in 1954. But I "built" a painting of the pier which will feature in my solo show "Taking Measure" opening this week in New York. By popular demand I am posting images which show the painting at different stages of development.
Arrival (Pier 57 NY). 40" x 60". Collage, mixed media and oil on wood panel
(More interesting facts about the pier itself can be found at the bottom of this post.)
Taking Measure (Celebrating the City)
October 5th - 17th.
Opening reception October 5th 6 - 8 pm
Stricoff Fine Art, 564 W 25th St. New York NY 10001
Interesting facts about Pier 57:
Pier 57 stands at the end of West 15th St, South of the Chelsea Piers Sports Complex. Abandoned and unused for many years it is now being renovated and will house new offices for Google and a food market run by Anthony Bourdain.
Designed by Emil H. Prager, the building's masterful engineering secret is mostly hidden from sight. The pier doesn't stand on conventional piles. Most of its weight is supported by three massive buoyant concrete boxes ("caissons") anchored below the waterline. These caissons were built in Grassy Point NY and were floated 38 miles down the Hudson River to their destination on the West side of Manhattan. Once in place the steel structure of the pier shed was built on top. The enormous amount of space within the subterranean concrete boxes can be accessed from within the pier shed and will hold parking, storage, retail and galleries.