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New York, New York: The Cube

Large steel cube, balanced on a pointy corner. If you pushed it, the Cube rotated -- unintentionally, because it was never bolted in place. "The Alamo" by Tony Rosenthal has been here since 1967. In 2022 the ailing cube was braced and now no longer turns -- although the city claims it will spin again by summer 2023.

26 Astor Place, New York, NY
At the intersection of 4th Ave. and E. 8th St.
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The Cube.

The Cube

A large 8x8x8 rotatable steel cube sculpture (also known as the Alamo) has sat in Astor Place since 1967. It is in the middle of NYU territory and the East Village neighborhood. Many who pass do not realize that with the help of others the cube can fully rotate! Young people have hung out in this plaza for generations. Across the street is the famous Cooper Union.

[Gary Spino, 09/29/2020]

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