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The Family

Bleeker Sitting Area

 
 
The Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 1, 2009
1. The Family Marker
Inscription.  
This bronze sculpture by artist Chaim Gross (1904-1991) depicts a family of five. The adults are reaching up, as if towards the sky, as they support three children in their hands. The adult figures float gracefully and symmetrically, portraying a harmonious family unit.

Born in the Galacian village of Wolowa among the Carpathian Mountains (modern day Poland) in 1904, Chaim Gross was displaced from his family during World War I (1914-1918). He immigrated to the United States on April 14, 1921, and settled in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Gross worked as a delivery boy while attending the Art School of the Educational Alliance on the Lower East Side and the Beaux Arts Institute of Design. He studied sculpting under both Elie Nadelman (1885-1964) and Robert Laurent (1890-1970). Living in the Village for 70 years, Gross produced numerous works in wood, stone, and metal, including Happy Mother (1931), Riveters (1938), Sisters (1965), Juggler (1974), and Performer (1982). He died on May 5, 1991.

The piece, located on the corner of West 11th Street and Bleecker Street in a grove of linden
"The Family" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 1, 2009
2. "The Family"
Inscription: THE FAMILY / 1979 / CHAIM GROSS /---/ DONATED TO THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 1991 / IN HONOR OF / EDWARD I. KOCH / MAYOR 1978-1989
trees, was a gift of the artist to commemorate Edward I. Koch’s (born 1924) tenure as mayor of New York (1978-89). With his gift, Gross wanted to express his gratitude for the mayor’s work on behalf of the city, as well as the artist’s own affection for his adopted home. The piece was cast in 1979, and dedicated with a new granite base in 1992 in this Greenwich Village park, close to where Gross lived during his time in New York. Gross’s works also appear in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art as well as in the Boston Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
 
Erected 1992 by Chaim Gross.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 40° 44.164′ N, 74° 0.317′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Bleecker Street and West 11th Street, on the right when traveling south on Bleecker Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Bleeker Playground, New York NY 10014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Mason’s Row” (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Abingdon Square Doughboy (about 500 feet away); Hart Crane (about 500 feet away);
The Family and Bleeker Sitting Area image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 23, 2019
3. The Family and Bleeker Sitting Area
Greenwich Village Historic District (about 500 feet away); Private Michael J. Lynch Flagstaff (about 500 feet away); Sinclair Lewis (about 600 feet away); Woody Guthrie (about 700 feet away); The Beatrice Inn (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bleecker Playground Monuments - The Family. Official NYC Parks description (Submitted on December 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Chaim Gross. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on December 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Chaim Gross (1904-1991) image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner
4. Chaim Gross (1904-1991)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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