Cultural Watch

Hell’s Kitchen Sculpture Garden Restored 6 Years After Being Torn Down

(DNAINFO) Maya Rajamani | December 31, 2015 — Six years ago, David Scalza watched as workers tore down the sculpture garden he put together by hand behind his Hell’s Kitchen apartment after the city declared it a fire hazard.

But as workers removed the found-object sculptures, paintings and other works of art Scalza either created or collected and arranged in the courtyard behind his home at 424 W. 56th St., the artist was already planning its revival.

“From the day they were throwing stuff out into the dumpster, I was putting stuff back,” said Scalza, 54, who has since restored much of the original artwork — and added new creations — to the courtyard, taking care to avoid blocking the fire escapes.

Source: Hell’s Kitchen Sculpture Garden Restored 6 Years After Being Torn Down – Hell’s Kitchen & Clinton – DNAinfo.com New York