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New York, New York: Mosaic Rolling Benches

Covered in colorful mosaics of everything from igloos to dragons, the undulating benches were created in the 1970s to get more people to visit Grant's Tomb -- and keep away the vandals who were wrecking it.

W. 122nd St., New York, NY
The rolling benches surround Grant's Tomb at the intersection of W. 122nd St. and Riverside Drive.
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Mosaic Rolling Benches

Yeah, yeah, Grant's Tomb; you know the joke. What's really amazing about Grant's Tomb are the rolling mosaic benches surrounding it. Commissioned in 1973 by the Park Service, in part to discourage people from scribbling graffiti on the Tomb, the benches were designed by the artist Pedro Silva and the architect Phillip Danzig, and were made with the help of hundreds of local adults and children. With references to the Civil War and an undulating, continuous shape, they have been compared to an unfolding comic book. It's been said that what brings visitors to Grant's Tomb now are the benches, not the Tomb.

[Allison, 05/18/2023]

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