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J. Hood Wright Park

3000 A.D. Diffusion Piece

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This 5,100-pound abstract piece by sculptor Terry Fugate-Wilcox (born 1944) is constructed out of bolted plates of magnesium and aluminum. Over time, the layers will fuse with each other -- Wilcox estimated by the year 3000 -- at which point the piece will be “completed.” Stretching 36 feet into the air, 3000 A.D. complements the George Washington Bridge stanchions that rise in the background behind the piece.

Dedicated in 1974, the work was commissioned through a program begun by the Public Arts Council, a special committee of the Municipal Art Society that aimed to involve New York neighborhoods in selecting and installing sculptures; over half a dozen sculptures were installed through the program. 3000 A.D. was Fugate-Wilcox’s first major public commission. The artist also created Weathering Concrete Triangle (1984), located on Seventh Avenue at Waverly Place in Manhattan, which fits in a nook between two Greenwich Village buildings.

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