Thomas Jefferson Park
New Jersey-based African American sculptor Melvin Edwards (b. 1937) created this abstract welded steel piece. The polished disk and crescent-like shape are indicative of the sculptor’s large-scale public art pieces, which tend to feature immense shapes that conjure up images from the natural world.
Edwards designed the polished disk to be tilted so it can reflect sunlight as the sun moves across the sky during the day. The installation of this piece was sponsored by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’s Percent for Art program. Tomorrow’s Wind was first installed at Central Park’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza before it was moved to Thomas Jefferson Park permanently in 1995.
Another of Edwards’ works, Double Circles (1968), can be seen outside Upper Manhattan’s Bethune Tower housing project. Edwards’ sculpture is also featured at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His small-scale work uses found objects such as chain links to comment on violence in political and historical issues such as slavery and racism.
Tomorrow's Wind Details
- Location: behind Recreation Center and pool
- Sculptor: Melvin Edwards
- Architect: Miceli Kulik Williams
- Description: Plate segments sandwiched together and filled with grid
- Materials: Plate segments--#304 stainless steel; grid--iron
- Dimensions: H:13'6" W: 13' D: 8'; plate segments W: 2-4" D: ¼"; base diameter 14'
- Cast: ca. 1990
- Dedicated: July 27, 1995
- Fabricator: Melvin Edwards
- Donor: Percent for Art, New York City
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