GDC, ArtsWestchester Celebrate Arrival of Monumental Sculpture to 50 Main Street
WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 24, 2021) – 50 Main Street — one of Westchester’s most prominent business addresses – is now home to a monumental sculpture displayed under the arches of the office tower owned and managed by Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC).
The nearly 18-foot-tall sculpture, which is made of highly polished stainless steel, is displayed on a pedestal at the entrance to the building. Titled Fragments of Something Bigger, the sculpture is the work of Bulgarian sculptor Georgi Minchev, who was selected through a competitive open call process managed by ArtsWestchester. Artists were invited to submit proposals for the site, and GDC and ArtsWestchester received submissions from 36 highly qualified sculptors. In addition to Minchev, the other two finalists were David Provan and Piero Manrique, both of Rockland County. “Looking for new means of expression in my work, I decided to use combinations of the basic geometric figure cube. This form, together with the sphere, are one of the most communicative and understanding geometric forms for man,” said Minchev. He said polished stainless steel was selected for its ability to reflect light.
“This exciting new sculpture is yet another example of how working in partnership with ArtsWestchester we are bringing outstanding public art to Downtown White Plains and Westchester County,” said GDC Principal Martin Ginsburg. He noted that in the coming weeks, GDC will be installing two sculptures that stood outside 50 Main Street and 1-11 Martine for decades — “First Case” and “Contact” by the late sculptor Seward Johnson. The two sculptures have been restored by the Seward Johnson Atelier and will return to Main Street and Martine Avenue on August 26th and 27th.
“Minchev’s signature steel sculpture will welcome visitors to White Plains and feel fresh and new every time people pass by it due to the varied reflection of light off the sculpture’s material,” explained Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. She continued, “Working with innovative developers like Martin Ginsburg, ArtsWestchester is proud to be enlivening Westchester’s cities and towns with world-class works of public art.”
The new sculpture is the latest collaboration between GDC and ArtsWestchester.
Last year, GDC and ArtsWestchester unveiled the work of nine artists from the greater Westchester area as part of GDC’s investment in its art collection for 50 Main Street. The unveiling was part of a Grand Opening of the first phase of GDC’s reinvention of the 50 Main Street office building which includes a new mezzanine amenity level. A key feature of the new common space is a contemporary art collection curated by ArtsWestchester that features numerous Hudson Valley artists.
Located at the gateway to downtown White Plains, 50 Main Street is a key component of GDC’s transformation of the former Westchester Financial Center into City Square, a new mixed-use center. In addition to the modernization of 50 Main Street, the project includes the transformation of the 1 Martine Avenue office building into 188 luxury rental apartments, new restaurant and retail space along Main Street and the creation of City Square Park, a private open space on the roof deck of the 1,000-space parking garage that connects all buildings and features fountains, waterfalls, walking paths, a putting green and outdoor dining on a one acre beautifully landscaped space. The focus on artwork will be carried throughout the entire project.
About Ginsburg Development Companies
With more than 50 years of experience and market leadership, GDC has built many of the region’s most successful and prestigious luxury developments, including Boulder Ridge, Pondside, Mystic Pointe, The Fairways, Quaker Green, Gillette Ridge, Marbury Corners and Christie Place. You can readily see why GDC has earned its reputation as the region’s premier residential developer. In Rockland County, GDC’s Harbors-at Haverstraw waterfront community has become a model for redevelopment along the shores of the Hudson River, utilizing superior architecture, traditional neighborhood design and lush landscaping – including an award-winning riverfront park featuring both a noted sculpture trail and a dock for the Haverstraw-to-Ossining commuter ferry. Parkside, Riverside and The Waterfront at Harbors are Rockland County’s leading luxury rental properties. Continuing a focus on the Hudson River, the company has six luxury rentals now marketing in Westchester’s river communities: River Tides, 1177 and Stratus in the Greystone neighborhood of Yonkers, The Lofts in Hastings-on-Hudson, Harbor Square in Ossining and Fort Hill Apartments in Peekskill. 1 Martine at City Square and The Metro at City Square in downtown White Plains and The Landing in Mohegan Lake completes the current GDC Westchester rental portfolio. GDC also owns the 50 Main Street office building in White Plains that is part of City Square, the reinvention of the former Westchester Financial Center into an exciting mixed-use destination, and several select commercial and retail properties in Westchester County.
ArtsWestchester began in 1965 as a conversation among arts advocates and volunteers in a living room and has grown into is New York State’s largest private, not-for-profit cultural service organization. Its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support to ensure the availability, accessibility and diversity of the arts in Westchester County. Its programs and services enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives.
Learn more about ArtsWestchester public art programs and the installation of Fragments of Something Bigger here.
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