Art to Bring New York Plaza Back to the Public
"Just in time for the bridge's 100th birthday, artist Brian Tolle is busy rectifying this unhappy situation."
"'It is becoming a new kind of public space,' Tolle said, wearing black overalls and a scarf in his chilly Williamsburg studio. 'When Robert Moses demolished the plaza in the 60s, I think the attitude was that art got in the way of progress.'"
"In 2007, Tolle won a Design Award from New York City and with it the commission to create a permanent installation at the bridge -- a work that should help reclaim the area for human beings."
"Tolle is constructing near-replicas of a pair of sculptures by Daniel Chester French. The allegorical figures representing Manhattan and Brooklyn in female form sat at the bridge's entrance from 1916 until 1963."