Figure/Ground

The Collapsed Piers of Riverside Park South


There's an ongoing debate over whether these rusting and collapsing piers by Riverside Park South should be demolished. Some artists and architects think they're beautiful in their decay while others think they're just eye-sores and an accident waiting to happen (when fools like me decide to poke around in them).

One thing is certain: it's striking how much these piers resemble Frank Gehry's architectural models and sketches. So perhaps instead of asking whether the piers are just piles of junk metal or "accidental" artwork, it would be more apropos and instructive to ask whether Gehry buildings are art or junk.




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