In an unprecedented collaboration between artist and architect, the striking tower designed by Herzog & de Meuron is seamlessly integrated at its base with a Kapoor masterpiece. The relationship between building and sculpture is so closely cultivated that they appear to form a single unified object, exemplifying true synergy between art and architecture.
A 1991 winner of the Turner Prize and recipient of the Unilever Series commission for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Kapoor’s work was recently the subject of a major American retrospective at the ICA Boston. Just as with Herzog & de Meuron, Kapoor uses the powers of material and form to viscerally address the viewer, creating an engaging and wholly unique experience. This historically significant revelation cements 56 Leonard as a cultural, architectural, and artistic benchmark.
“New York is finally getting its own shiny statement piece by the artist, his first permanent public work in the city, but instead of a luxe legume it will resemble a squashed balloon.”