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alexandre arrechea: no limit
beginning march 1st, park avenue will be lined with 10 monumental sculptures of iconic new york buildings by cuban artist alexandre arrechea as part of his ‘no limit’ site-specific installation backed by the magnan metz gallery. the pieces - including the chrysler building, citicorp center, empire state building, flatiron building, helmsley building, metlife building, metropolitan life insurance company tower, seagram building, sherry netherland, and the US courthouse - will in some cases reach up to 20 feet tall, reinterpreted into new foreign elastic forms that investigate the traditional role of icons in society. the rigid towers are made fluid, as if rolled out from the snail-like base, representing the rather relative sociopolitical and sociocultural values that rise and fall with the economy.
The Chrysler Building located in New York City, New York was completed in 1930 and was designed by William van Alen. It was built in a “race for the sky,” a competition to have the honor of being the tallest building in the world.
The building’s main competition was the Bank of the Manhattan Co. Building on 40 Wall Street. It appeared that the Bank building was to win; however, inside the Chrysler Building a massive metal spire was being secretly constructed only to be revealed at the last moment. The building won at the height of 1048 feet and 77 floors.
Click through to enjoy some large, great images of the Chrysler Building.
Chrysler in all her glory
The Chrysler Building was designed in the Art Deco style, which reflected the “jazzy” culture and modernity of the era.
Details of the building’s gargoyles and spire.
Amazing door, amazing ceiling, amazing building.
Chrysler Building elevator door and ceiling detail in Art Deco manner.
Speaking of the Chrysler Building, damn. I mean… damn!
Chrysler Building Art Deco details.
I don’t know the source of this, but apparently a scene from a comic in which the Chrysler Building comes to life and is rather grumpy. LOL.
The beginnings of a drawing of the ESB.
At the same time great Deco buildings were springing up in NYC, Central Park was a Hooverville.
Hooverville, what looks like New York City.
This photo has been reproduced a billion times, almost never with any context. I know a doctor who has this framed on the wall of his office. So now you know: RCA Building (GE Building, 30 Rock), 1932, photo by Charles C. Ebbets.
“Lunch atop a Skyscraper”
Known as “New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam”, The photograph depicts eleven men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling 840 feet above the New York City streets. The men have no safety harness, which was linked to the Great Depression, when people were willing to take any job regardless of safety issues. The photo was taken on September 20, 1932 on the 69th floor of the RCA Building during the last months of construction. Men are talking and smoking while taking out their lunch boxes and generally not paying any special attention to the unusual setting. The relaxed state of the construction workers paired with the backdrop of New York City has captivated viewers ever since it was first popularized. I love this photograph because it shows the dedication that these men had to build the skyscrapers of New York City. The overcast day gave the set a perfect example of diffused light. Wonderful photograph that captured one of most famous photographs during the Great Depression.
Photograph by Charles C. Ebbets