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There’s A New Sculpture On Campus—And it Was Free

Brooklyn College has a new statue outside of James Hall, and it was free. PHOTO/ Zainab Iqbal

By Zainab Iqbal

Published: December 12th, 2018

The West Quad entrance to James Hall looks a bit different these past few weeks. There’s a huge, black, steel sculpture welcoming students into the building. It has left many Brooklyn College students wondering, where did this sculpture come from?

And did the money come out of student’s tuition?

Not to worry, the sculpture was free! According to the College, “It was transferred from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to Brooklyn College at no cost as part of the Public Arts Project.”

Brooklyn College did not pay for anything. Conservation, transportation and the creation of the base was paid by FIT. There will soon be landscaping around the sculpture and even that will be paid for by an independent agency.

Tony Rosenthal’s 20 x 20 x 20 painted structural steel is named “Hammarskjold” and was constructed in 1977 at Hammarskjold Place. There, it was in the exhibition for six months. The sculpture then migrated to Federal Place, and then FIT, and now resides on the Brooklyn College campus. 

According to the College, it is a permanent installment.

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