Long Wharf Monument in Washington Heights

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Long Wharf Monument is a sculpture installed in Washington Heights on 157th St. and Broadway Av. It is the 2014 creation of California based artist Drew Heitzler. The work was on view and experienced by people in the community and visitors from November 2014 to March 2015.

The work is in the shape of a palm tree and is painted black reaching a height of 24 and a half feet. Its made of concrete and steel.

Long Wharf Monument
Long Wharf Monument in Washington Heights.

The name tells us what this work reflects. Long we know.

A wharf is a structure on the shore of a harbor or on the bank of a river or canal where ships may dock to load and unload cargo or passengers. Here we have this long wharf that as a monument is connected to extraordinary qualities of size and power.

A Wharf in California
A wharf.

Palm Tree

A Long Wharf monument in the shape of a palm tree. Palm trees represent tranquility, high aspirations, fame, victory, hopes, and longevity. They also symbolize paradise and leisure.

Elements that inspired this work connect it to time in past, present and future terms. The color of the palm tree, black, references the ancient tar pit  of archeological sites in Los Angeles.

Tar pit in LA area
Tar pit in LA area.

The tree-shape connects to the natural landscape of L.A today.

LA palm trees.
LA palm trees.

In cultural terms, The matte surface finish of the work alludes to California Car Culture, and more broadly, the enduring mythology of the West Coast Lifestyle.

LA highway.
LA highway.

Long Wharf Monument is triggering in observers qualities that promote tranquility and elevates their aspirations. The diversity of desires from people who experienced this work found in it a creative anchor. The work also promoted victory on individual and collective scales all while sustaining hope.

This exhibit was made possible by the Broadway Malls Association and the Marlborough Chelsea art gallery.

Long Wharf Monument Poster
Broadway Morey Boogie exhibition.

This work was one of 10 sculptures installed throughout Broadway Av. from 59th St. to 167th. Sts. and on exhibit from Nov 2014 to March 2015. 

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