“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Terrarium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 2009
1. Terrarium Marker
Terrarium by Grimanesa Amaros is a permanent, site-specific, public art project located at 54 N. Moore Street in Tribeca, New York City. The function of this 110 year-old building has changed over time from a storage site to a grocery, from a dye firm to a drug company. Today it houses residential and commercial lofts. I want to create a piece that reflects the evolution of Tribecca – a neighborhood constantly in flux.

The term “terrarium” refers to a glass enclosure used for sustaining plant and animal life in an unusual atmosphere – most often indoors. Although intending to reproduce a natural environment, these terrariums are a far cry from the fields and forests of the countryside. Instead, they are isolated, veritably existing in an artificial world of in-betweens.
Terrarium is an installation intended to provide lighting to the lobby of a landmark building. From dusk to dawn, shifting patterns of light radiate from an assortment of acrylic bubbles mounted on the walls. The work is an organic space within the city and a simultaneous extension of the urban surroundings. The spherical
"Terrarium" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 1, 2016
2. "Terrarium"
shapes and colors evoke an almost amphibian quality, yet displayed within these bubbles are photographs showing us the past and present life of this building. The place represents the middle ground between the private and public, a compromise between the tranquility of the indoors and the din of the hectic city.

This work of art is meant to inspire reflection. The contradictions embodied therein evoke a feeling of elements taken out of context, rearranged, and reconstructed to form something entirely new. To passers-by on the street, it is an alteration of a familiar landscape, a moment to re-imagine their daily world.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
Location. 40° 43.198′ N, 74° 0.552′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from N. Moore Street near Hudson Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 54 N Moore Street, New York NY 10013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New York Mercantile Exchange (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 31 Harrison Street (about 700 feet away); Finn Square (about 800 feet away); Headquarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Duane Park (approx.
Terrarium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 12, 2019
3. Terrarium Marker
54 N. Moore Street storefront.
0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Duane Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); C.F. Martin & Co. Guitars (approx. 0.2 miles away); House of Leonard Lispenard (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3. submitted on April 12, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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