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On my way to a late meeting Monday evening I stumbled across this tiny plaza located between 6th and 7th avenue and 29th and 30th street. This public space is the result of work by glass artist Tom Patti in collaboration with Lee Weintraub Landscape Architects.

Glass Wall by Tom Patti

The illuminated glass wall runs the entire length of the plaza. During daylight, the glass reflects the colors and natural sunlight and surrounding buildings, while providing enough light at night to make the space useable. Paired with careful placement of flush mounted uplights in the paving, the overall lighting effect is very sexy and alluring.

Glass Wall Detail by Tom Patti

It appears that the Gleditsia triacanthos var. Inermis (Honeylocust) and Fagus sylvatica (European Beech) trees are properly spaced and not clustered which is a typical oversight in a courtyard garden. I found the silhouettes of the branches against the lighting in the glass wall to be the biggest success of this urban garden.

Silhouette of Branches Against Glass Wall


The seating, elevations, and function of the plaza is well designed. My only critique is the jumbo-sized TV screen on the wall near the 29th street side of the park. It completely distracts and takes away from the patterns and visual repetition established by the glass wall.

TV Screen Detracts from the Glass Wall

LINKS TO CHECK OUT:   http://ny.curbed.com/tags/eventi               http://tompatti.com/


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