Tribeca’s long-awaited “half a bean” sculpture is almost fully baked and ready for the public.
The 19-foot-tall piece of stainless steel could be ready by the end of the summer, a project manager told The Post. The sculpture is the work of British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor, creator of the Cloud Gate in downtown Chicago – better known as “The Bean”.
“We’re working really hard to make that happen,” said Mike O’Toole, an engineer who works at Dash 7 Design in Brooklyn.
The sculpture is located at the entrance to 56 Leonard St., the 57-story tower known as the Jenga Building for its cantilevered floors. It is tucked away in a corner of the property under an overhang on the second floor, with the top of the reflective work clearly visible above the green site fence.
Work on the corner of Church Street has been in the planning phase since 2008. Construction began in 2019 but was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The slow progress led to the nickname “half a bean”, although the piece is also said to resemble a squashed balloon.
The silvery structure is also smaller than Chicago’s shiny 33-foot-tall version, which stands in Millennium Park and has become a major tourist attraction in that city.
But unlike the freestanding version of the Windy City, which visitors can walk under, part of the as yet unnamed Tribeca sculpture will only be visible to the condominium tower’s well-heeled residents. Residents include singer Frank Ocean. Comedian Keegan Michael-Key sold his two-bedroom home there for $5 million last year.
The 85 ton sculpture is made of stainless steel plates supported internally by poles and beams. The pieces have been in place since October and workers are now smoothing out the waves in some spots before finally polishing the work, O’Toole said.
The work was commissioned by Alexico Group, which developed the building, and is said to have cost over $10 million.
Residents and passers-by are excited to see the end result.
“I love the one in Chicago,” said Molly Forr. “I mean, in an urban sense, I like how (that) keeps in the corner. I think the reflections on that are pretty cool.”
Grant Lewis, who works at a nearby Starbucks, said he thought people might be missing out if they don’t see the whole sculpture.
“If it’s supposed to be like a photo attraction or something, you might want to walk around and see your reflection from all angles,” he said. “So if you can only see it from one side, people might think they’re not getting the full experience.”
But a pedestrian who walked by last week was visibly at a loss about the work.
“I thought the statue was just stuck under the building and they ended up leaving it there,” said one woman, who gave her name Mary Anne.
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