Bwog’s latest Defense project is of an architectural persuasion: Revson Plaza and its sculptures. Claire Sabel bravely takes on the task.
For some, Revson Plaza, the elevated walkway over Amsterdam connecting SIPA, EC, and the Law School to the rest of the campus does not sit comfortably among the rest of the Morningside architecture. There are those that feel it is ‘ugly’ or ‘stupid’ or even both. Ought we to take these claims seriously?
First and foremost, consider Revson Plaza’s location. Regardless of ornamentation, the benefits of its orientation to the rest of the campus can hardly be denied. Elevated above Amsterdam, it provides pedestrians with a safe crossing over the busy street, so notoriously dangerous as to inspire Balanchine’s 1936 ballet, “Slaughter on 10th Avenue.” Not only does the Plaza let you avoid choosing whether to wait fretfully for the light to change or to break the law (thereby risking death), but it goes so far as to complement your safe stroll with a luscious lawn and surrounding shrubbery. (more…)