During the month of November, the Village Alliance and the Astor Place community celebrated fifty golden years of the Tony Rosenthal’s Alamo sculpture.
The iconic cube has come to represent Astor Place as a historic, cultural hotspot, becoming a beloved piece of art in the East Village. Generations of New Yorker’s have gathered around the “Cube”, a nexus of spontaneous urban rituals, community gatherings, creative flash mobs, yarn-bombs, mischievousness and quite simply a symbol of progressive cultural and social change. It’s infamous spinning has for many become a metaphor for social evolution and revolution!
During November we collected photos from Cube Lovers and passers by, calling for them to use the hashtag, #HappyBirthdayCube to show their love and appreciation of the Cube. Over 140 posts told stories of “Cube” lovers sharing their memories and reminding us why we love New York’s first piece of outdoor public art. It invokes nostalgia of times past for some, for many a creative playground, and others a new discovery! But nonetheless, its 50th birthday deserved a big hurrah! Here’s to another 50 glorious spinning years!
Of our 140 participants, 10 were randomly selected in a prize draw to win two FREE tickets to see the Blue Man Group. Those individuals are @abscranton, @its_another_ron, @dmz75, @adoodnamedwebster, @clara_hyguo, @nyadaml, @nyadaml, @shilpams1, @tzsk77, @willowsapphire, and @vinga78. Congratulations to our winners!