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RFR Contributes to Downtown Renaissance with Keith Haring Sculpture

NEW YORK CITY—A renovation at 17 State Street has just been capped off with the installation of an untitled red and yellow painted aluminum Keith Haring sculpture from 1987. The sculpture of two dancing figures was installed February 3, 2012 in the redesigned plaza of owner/developer RFR’s downtown Manhattan trophy office property.

The new art installation joins an existing Keith Haring steel sculpture that features a figure balancing on a dog (1986) as well as the 2008 work Black DoubleSphere Hanging by Carsten Holler, a light sculpture of acrylic glass, beading, light bulbs, cables and steel wire rope.

The artwork complements a recently completed plaza, streetscape and lobby renovation that installed new signage, seating, landscaping, lighting and stone paving. RFR has reinforced the building’s “tower in the park” architectural plan.

The property is positioned directly across from the redeveloped Battery Conservatory. The new Battery Park features the $10-million Frank Gehry-designed playground Battery Playspace, the SeaGlass Carousel (a 360-degree aquatic adventure ride for all ages), new kiosks and the $50-million Battery Park City Ferry Terminal. Other public redevelopments nearby include the New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion transportation hub at Peter Minuit Plaza (which accommodates 70,000 commuters and visitors each day), a pending Battery Park Bikeway and renovations to the Battery Lawn and Castle Clinton.

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