New York Art@Site Alice Aycock Project for the 107th Police Precinct

Alice Aycock


Project for the 107th Police Precinct

107th Precinct and Borough Command Center
Located on the rooftop of a police precinct in Queens, Alice Aycock's large-scale sculpture consists of various pieces of painted gray steel and a large disk, inspired by a medieval astrolabe. Arranged around the disk are fragments of doors, steps, wheels, and a vessel-like form from which light emanates at night. The composition of the artwork serves as a visual counterpoint to the building's compact, angled, horizontal design. The work can be viewed from the streets below and from surrounding buildings.
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Alice Aycock was educated at Douglass College and received her Masters of Art at Hunter College. Her sculptures have been widely exhibited throughout the country, including a retrospective at Storm King Art Center sculpture park, the largest United States presentation of Aycock's sculpture, which followed a 1983-4 retrospective that originated in West Germany. In collaboration with Nicholas Quennell of the landscape firm of Quennell Rothschild Associates and HOK/TCA, Associated Architects for New York Hospital, she designed a sculptural roof installation, East River Roundabout, for the new East River Park Pavilion at 60th Street in New York City which was installed in the fall of 1995. In April of 1996 she inaugurated a new work for the new San Francisco Public Library - a functional and fantasy spiral stairs and a suspended Cyclone Fragment. This work required close collaboration with the library's principal architect James Ingo Freed of Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners.
Artist Quote... 'The sculpture is meant to represent communication -- always an important part of the role of police in any community.'