Tony Rosenthal's Cubes
American abstract sculptor Tony Rosenthal is most widely known for his monumental public art sculptures, particularly his famous Alamo on Astor Place in New York City, also called the "Astor Place Cube" or simply "The Cube." Originally installed in 1967 as one of twenty-five temporary outdoor art installations organized by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Rosenthal’s Alamo became so beloved by residents that they successfully petitioned the city to keep it there permanently.
Alamo measures 15 feet tall and is made of Cor-Ten steel weighing in at about 1,800 pounds. It appears, however, nearly weightless, the cube itself rotating on a hidden pole in its center. The scale and mass of the work reminded Rosenthal’s wife of the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, hence its official title. Rosenthal went on to create different variations of "The Cube" over many years. The present work, a polished bronze version, was prominently displayed by the artist in the entryway to his home in Southampton.
[Rosenthal's] objects instruct us, alter our perceptions, disturb and thrill us by their audacity, their wonder and their inevitability.