Rector Gate

June 17, 2008

More from the archive.

Several large pieces of public art are installed along the Esplanade in Battery Park City, where they stand under the watchful eyes of the doormen at the surrounding luxury apartment buildings. If you go to see the installations, you should expect the uniformed men to scrutinize you carefully, as they consider the art to be “theirs.”

This one, Rector Gate, forms a 50 foot high archway at the intersection of Rector Place and the Esplanade. Built by R.M. Fischer in 1989, Rector Gate is made of stainless steel, bronze, and granite and is illuminated at night. The artist is said to have drawn his inspiration from the past and future and included elements from skyscrapers and science fiction.

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The gate

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The sides look like enormous cheese graters

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From here, you can see across the Hudson River

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The top seems to be a combination radio tower, weather vane & weapon

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Looking through the gate to New Jersey

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Top of the sculpture

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Looking up

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Birds have built nests in the light fixture

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Rector Gate
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