Resumption of work on Anish Kapoor’s bean sculpture at 56 Leonard Street in Tribeca, Manhattan

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Work is nearing completion on Anish Kapoor’s reflective “bean” sculpture at the base of 56 Leonard Street, an 831-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Tribeca. The last curved sections of the amorphous work of art were finally assembled, closing off the missing exterior section facing the corner of Leonard and Church streets. 56 Leonard Street was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Hill West Architects and stands as one of the tallest structures in Lower Manhattan, with a distinguished mass of cantilevered irregular floors. Anish Kapoor is also known for designing the Chicago Chrome Steel Cloud Gate and the ArcelorMittal Orbit of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

YIMBY’s previous update showed the sculpture design to be roughly half-assembled. Work has recently resumed after a long break. The top of the bean rises slightly above the height of the second cantilever level, while the majority of the carving is tucked under the slab and helps form the overall shape of the bean.

56 rue Léonard. Photo by Michael Young

56 rue Léonard. Photo by Michael Young

56 rue Léonard. Photo by Michael Young

Photographs taken around the bean show construction barriers and metal fences surrounding this entire corner of 56 Leonard Street. The chrome finish is protected by a thin layer of temporary protective film. Work had halted during the pandemic, leaving the hollow interior of the bean covered with wooden planks until construction could continue. Commercial space adjacent to the ground floor is still available for rent.

56 rue Léonard. Photo by Michael Young

56 rue Léonard. Photo by Michael Young

56 rue Léonard. Photo by Michael Young

56 rue Léonard. Photo by Michael Young

56 rue Léonard. Photo by Michael Young

56 rue Léonard. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY covered the arrival and assembly of the very first parts almost exactly two years ago. Learn more here to see what the process looked like.

It’s still unclear when the bean will be finished, although YIMBY predicts that this long-awaited stage in the construction of 56 Leonard Street will end next year.

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