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    Does anyone have any new info on the on-going legal dispute between the owner of the building situated on the SW corner of Broadway / Houston (599 Broadway) and the artist Forrest Myers who in 1973 installed the site-specific sculpture "The Wall" on the north side of the building?

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    Info from last year: http://www.thevillager.com/villager_...hewriting.html

    Below is latest info (pdf) from Landmark's website, referencing a "legal settlement" in this matter to be discussed at LPC tomorrow, May 16 in "Executive Session" ...
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    'The Wall' Will Rise Again in Soho

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    Monday, April 23, 2007
    by Lockhart



    The Wall—the iconic minimalist scuplture (right) installed by artist Frosty Myers at 599 Broadway on the corner of Houston and Broadway back in the early 1970's, but removed for structural reasons in 2002—will rise again on the same wall. Per The Villager, 30 additional feet of wall space will be added so the beams that form the structure can rise higher, allowing for the installation of (you see this coming, right?) street-level billboards. 'The Wall' will also be lit at night for the first time.

    An odd compromise, to be sure, but an oddly pleasing one nonetheless.

    · High, Bright, 'The Wall' Will Return to Soho Wall [The Villager via Miss Representation]
    · Soho's 'The Wall': Going, Going... Already Gone [Curbed]

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    Soho's 'The Wall' is Blue on Blue (Again)

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    September 4, 2007
    by ROK88



    Just in case you haven't had enough of the color blue today, we've got more
    courtesy of sculptor Frosty Myers -- who clearly ain't singing the blues. His
    iconic sculpture, The Wall, which rose above the intersection of Broadway
    and Houston and greeted travelers to Soho for 30+ years is making a long
    awaited comeback. The Wall was taken down in 2002. What followed was
    an endless and expensive legal battle. And, miracle of miracles, both sides
    recently reached an amicable resolution, which allows for Myers to rebuild
    his Wall.


    The north wall of 599 Broadway at Houston Street.

    New brickwork on the north facade of 599 Broadway has been on-going all
    summer. Last week, workers covered it with various shades of blue. Painted
    metal beams extending from the wall should be going up before too long.
    And then, The Wall will be reborn. Downtowners will soon have the original
    blue (no fancy Blue showers here) to celebrate.


    The way The Wall used to look (left) and the new configuration.

    · 'The Wall' Will Rise Again in Soho [Curbed]
    · Soho's The Wall in Judge's Hands [Curbed]
    · Soho's The Wall: Going, Going... Uh, Already Gone [Curbed]

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post

    ... sculptor Frosty Myers ...

    His iconic sculpture, The Wall, which rose above the intersection of Broadway and Houston and
    greeted travelers to Soho for 30+ years is making a long awaited comeback.
    Frosty, meet Pablo ...



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    Forrest Myers' "The Wall" has been fully re-installed ...













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    good news. looks great.

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    Looks even better in person -- the periwinkle color of the wall plays off the turquoise color of the beams. Right now the colors are very vibrant. I suggest trying to see it soon -- as vehicular traffic along the Houston / Broadway corridors will no doubt soon deposit ample amounts of grit & grime on the surface of The Wall to significantly diminish the visual impact.

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    I saw it today. It looks fantastic AND that centuries old scaffolding is finally coming down.

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    It really does make a huge difference. If only all those awful blank walls along Houston could be as artistic.

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    The LPC, apparently in the doldrums of lame duckitude, approved this slab of glass today, set to rise across Broadway from The Wall in the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District (bad decision, but not all that surprising -- seeing as how the Commissioners recently declared that "Glass is the New Cast Iron") ...

    Big Glass Triangle Gets Less Glassy, Approved By Landmarks

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    by Jeremiah Budin




    Earlier designs for a triangular building at 19 East Houston Street drew the ire of the both the community and the Landmarks Commission, so Perkins Eastman made significant changes before bringing the plans back this morning. While the original design had called for a primarily glass facade, the new one features a contextual brick facade at Crosby Street and a completely separate facade of staggered glass and recessed metal panels at East Houston, addressing commissioners' concerns that the building would appear thin and flimsy.

    Another concern was the amount of signage that would visible through the glass. The architects took away the option of introducing a huge LED billboard by removing the large, open space where it would have gone and also limited the retail signage by having the ground level appear to be single-height, although it will remain double-height on the interior. All of the commissioners found the new plans approvable except for commissioner Michael Devonshire, who took issue with the windows Crosby Street facade, and commissioner Michael Goldblum, who said that the "overall impression is still one of a flat building" and that the design was "not taking cognizance of the special space in which it finds itself." In the end, though, it was approved with only one opposed.

    · 19 East Houston Street coverage [Curbed]

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