The Cityscape

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Re-Covering the Cityscape: Impressions of History Underfoot is a public art project that was created to commemorate lost New York City history through the construction and installation of a series of uniquely cast manhole covers.  The patterned surfaces of ten manhole covers were designed by New York based artist Michele Brody to reference the history and architectural details of eight demolished buildings and two lost historic sites in Manhattan. The project was started in 1998, and temporarily finished in 2002, with the installation of the Assay Office Manhole cover at 30 Wall Street, which was set within an existing ConEdison manhole until 2009. The Project is currently entering a new phase with the creation of cast handmade paper prints, based on the circular patterns of Michele Brody’s mandalas in memory of these lost NY sites.


Re-Covering the Cityscape: Impressions of History Underfoot was a fiscal sponsor of the following not-for-profit organizations from 1999 to 2003:

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Blue Heron Arts Center.

The project has received financial support from:

Manhattan Community Arts Fund
New York State Council on the Arts' Architecture, Planning and Design Program
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York Stock Exchange
Sprague Building Corporation.

As a public work of art, this project has received installation approval from the Art Commission of New York City under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation, as well as technical support from Consolidated Edison, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Landmarks Commission of New York City and Community Boards 1,2,3 & 5.

Re-Covering the Cityscape would also like to thank East Jordan Iron Works, JPMorgan Chase, and the Pyne Corporation, LTD. for their cooperation.

Donations are gratefully accepted and tax exempt.

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