The Cube

The Cube (whose official name is “Alamo”) is a sculpture and cultural landmark in the East Village of New York City.

The sculpture was created by Bernard Rosenthal and installed in Astor Place in 1967. It was originally only intended to be there for 6 months as part of a group of 25 temporary art installations around the city, but people loved it so much, they petitioned the city to keep it there. It’s since become a local landmark and hangout spot. On it’s own, it’s a little island in the middle of an intersection, and is an excellent meeting spot. If you don’t know where you should meet a friend in the area, it’s always easy to say “let’s just meet at The Cube,” and there your friend will be!

If people aren’t sitting around its base (although there are always people sitting there), a fun bit of exercise is trying to spin it. The sculpture is pretty big – 8 feet long on each side, and weighing about 1,800 pounds – but with a few people, it’s actually easy to spin. It’s pivot point is the bottom corner where it’s attached to the base.

Until recently, I never knew The Cube had a name other than ‘The Cube’. The artist came up with Alamo after his wife said the scale reminded her of the Alamo Mission in San Antonio.

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