Leaning Firm on Cadman Plaza

One January day, a large red metal object suddenly appeared on Cadman Plaza in the space normally occupied by the Greenmarket. No fanfare, no announcement, no sign, no plaque.

When the farmers arrived, they shrugged their shoulders, set their stands up and carried on with business as usual. The curious peered closely at the large red object, circled it and guessed at its meaning.

Was it a part of something bigger? The beginnings of a machine or a building? A fountain? A sales display? A work of art? The base bore what appeared to be a signature or brand name  — C.F. Smith — but no official explanation was forthcoming.

Finally, this week, I did some research. It wasn’t easy, but I learned that the big red object, a sculpture entitled Leaning Firm by Cheryl Farber Smith, is here only temporarily and will be leaving Brooklyn in July.

From the artist’s Web site:

Cheryl Farber Smith’s aluminum sculpture fuses simple geometric shapes to create a composition that simultaneously suggests motion and repose. Painted with a high-gloss red finish, it stands 9’4″ high, 7’5″ wide and 5’7″ deep.

Post office in the background
Originally uploaded by annulla.

Looking towards the Commerce Bank
Originally uploaded by annulla.

In front of the Courthouse
Originally uploaded by annulla.

Looking towards Borough Hall
Originally uploaded by annulla.

The signature on the base: C.F. Smith
Originally uploaded by annulla.

Cheryl Farber Smith
Public Outdoor Art: Current Exhibits

7 Responses to Leaning Firm on Cadman Plaza

  1. moi says:

    its bright and cheery…good show of investigative journalism, shall i say ???? 🙂


  2. Sujatha says:

    Hi Annulla, I’ve put up a photo of a banana tree in my “What is this a photo of?” post. Check it out when you have time.



  3. a rock says:

    Isn’t it awesome? I walk past it all the time and it always makes me smile.


  4. Mia says:

    Interesting piece of art! It makes one stop and look at it for a while… definitely gives a break from all the hurrying


  5. I love outdoor sculptures, this one looks really interesting! My favorite is the red Flamingo by Alexander Calder in Chicago, you can even walk under it.


  6. I wouldn’t say it is art except the welder’s art but it has the color and the shapes and the composition that makes it worthy and art.

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  7. dot says:

    Interesting for sure! Considering the color it would be hard not to notice it.


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