Jose de Rivera 1964
American Abstract Expressionist Sculptor, 1904-1985
Flushing Meadow Park in Queens, NY has many public art sculptures that were placed for the New York World's Fair in 1964-65. During our visit there recently we photographed many of the public art sculptures including the Unisphere.
Few remember this, but José de Rivera's polished crescent Free Form originally revolved on top of its base (the motor conked out in 1972 and was never re-started). De Rivera (1904-1985) created his statues with his own hands, forging and hammering his materials personally. As a result, he suffered a hearing loss. Beginning as a craftsman in Chicago, he worked as a pipefitter and die caster. Many of his works are steel or bronze bands twisted into 3-dimensional shapes.
I love this crescent because it reflects the trees and earth around it. All I did to this photo is enhance the saturation.