Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Private Art of the Public Space Architect of Hudson Yards

Show Us Your Walls
By Ted Loos
Thomas Woltz in his living room with, from left to right, “Six Shooter” by Gresham Sykes (1990); “Santa Teresa, Venice” by Roger de Montebello (1997); bust of Marcus Aurelius, 17th-century marble copy of Roman original; Art Deco concrete owl; found object, “Weathering Steel”; “Whooping Crane” by Brad Woodfin (2012); raven, antique taxidermy; “Macerated Wood” by Rob Calvert, 2010; and “Tonka Truck” by Ken Smith (2011) (on table). Credit: Winnie Au for The New York Times
The landscape architect Thomas Woltz doesn’t usually work at home. But one day, he was sketching at the breakfast table in his West Village sanctuary when he had an “aha!” moment for his design of the Public Square and gardens of Hudson Yards, the enormous new development on the West Side of Manhattan. “It was one of those desperate moments of asking, ‘What is the essence of this project?’” said Mr. Woltz, 51, nattily dressed, as usual, in a suit. He approaches art-collecting in the same thoughtful way.  “I’m eclectic,” he said of his collecting. “I just follow my heart. I’m sure that my sensibilities are the result of some things that are innate but others that reflect my training.” [More]
A closer look at Ken Smith’s “Tonka Truck.”
“Japanese Portrait With 3 Pink Lemons,” Gresham Sykes (1995).
Top left, “Six Shooter” by Gresham Sykes (1990); lower left, “Santa Teresa, Venice” (1997) by Roger de Montebello and a 17th-century copy of a Roman bust of Marcus Aurelius.