Whitehall Ferry Terminal
New York, NY
Commissioned by the New York City Department of Transportation
Whitehall Crossing suggestes a historical point for departure. It is a series of twenty-eight granite benches divided into three serpentine rows installed in the waiting lobby of the Manhattan side of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
Inspired by the Native American's early crossings with dug out canoes, the arrangement of the benches suggests carved seats of a floating, organic form over a water theme terrazzo floor. As a functional art piece, Whitehall Crossing is almost invisible because it invites viewers to engage in, and thereby become part of, the design while sitting in the benches.