Have you seen the massive new art sculpture in downtown White Plains?

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The impressive sculpture by Bulgarian artist Georgi Minchev welcomes Westchester residents and gallery visitors to the mixed-use building.

A nearly 18-foot-tall sculpture made of highly polished stainless steel has been installed outside 50 Main Street in downtown White Plains. The building is Ginsburg Development Society‘s (GDC) massive new growth project that spans an entire city block. The sculpture is the latest collaboration between GDC and ArtsWestchester. Title Fragments of something biggerthe teardrop-shaped art resides on a pedestal at the threshold of the building.

“This exciting new sculpture is another example of how, in partnership with ArtsWestchester, we are bringing exceptional public art to downtown White Plains and Westchester County,” said GDC Director Martin Ginsburg. In the coming weeks, GDC will install two sculptures that previously stood outside 50 Main Street and 1-11 Martine for decades: “First Case” and “Contact” by the late sculptor Seward Johnson. The sculptures have been restored by Atelier Seward Johnson and will return to Main Street and Martine Avenue on August 26 and 27.

“[Georgi] Minchev’s signature steel sculpture will welcome visitors to White Plains and feel fresh and new every time people pass by due to the varied reflection of light on the material of the sculpture,” says Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. She continues, “Working with innovative developers like Martin Ginsburg, ArtsWestchester is proud to enliven the towns and villages of Westchester with world-class public art.

From left to right : Kathleen Reckling, Deputy Director of ArtsWestchester, Martin Ginsburg, Director of GDC, and Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester

The selected sculpture is the work of Bulgarian artist Georgi Minchev. Minchev submitted work along with 36 other sculptors. The competitive selection process, managed by ArtsWestchester, also received submissions from renowned Rockland County artists, David Provan and Piero Manrique.

GDC and ArtsWestchester have worked together for a long time. Last year, the two 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 reimagining of the 50 Main Street office building, which has since expanded to a new level of mezzanine amenities.

The former One Martine Ave office building has undergone a massive transformation over the past year. Now offering less business and more pleasure, the 188-unit mixed-use luxury apartment building is home to new retail stores, a restaurant and the private rooftop escape City Square Park. Above the 1,000-space parking garage terrace is this impressive acre of green space that connects all buildings and includes fountains and walking paths.

Martin Ginsburg’s personal One Martine Gallery is a focal point of City Square, the renovation project that spans an entire city block between 1-11 Martine Avenue and 50 Main Street. One Martine is one of Westchester’s largest commercial art galleries, specializing in all types of contemporary art. A big attribute of the new common area is a contemporary art collection curated by ArtsWestchester that features many artists from the Hudson Valley.


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