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The Garment District Mural

 
 
The Garment District Mural Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 18, 2017
1. The Garment District Mural Marker
Inscription.  
The mural surrounding the lobby entrance was created by the noted mosaic artist Max Spivak (1906-1981) when this building was originally constructed in 1958. The offices, then on the edge of the Garment District, were intended to appeal to clothing and fabric businesses and Mr. Spivak’s seemingly abstract shapes evoke the mannequins, needles, awls, hand irons and other tools of clothing designers and manufacturers.

The mural was restored and conserved by Miotto Mosaic Art Studio under the direction of Gonzales Architects as part of the complete renovation of the building by Equity Office and Blackstone.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 40° 45.232′ N, 73° 59.131′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 40th Street west of Sixth Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 Bryant Park, New York NY 10018, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benito Juarez (within shouting distance of this marker); Mercury Theatre (within
The Garment District Mural image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 18, 2017
2. The Garment District Mural
shouting distance of this marker); Early Bryant Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain (about 400 feet away); The Crystal Palace (about 500 feet away); American-Standard Building (about 600 feet away); Buildings Overlooking Bryant Park (about 600 feet away); Knickerbocker Hotel (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  "Extended 2nd Life for a Mosaic Mural That Was Lost for Years". New York Times article (04/09/15) on the rediscovery and restoration. (Submitted on September 8, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Section of The Garment District Mural restoration image. Click for full size.
By New York Times, 2015
3. Section of The Garment District Mural restoration
Before, bottom; After, top
Max Spivak and the mural image. Click for full size.
Alex J. Langley/Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, unknown
4. Max Spivak and the mural
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 8, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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