HAROLD ROTH + SUSAN SPENCER CROWE

SUSAN SPENCER CROWE
Urban Column II, 1983 - 84
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Urban Column III, 1983 -84
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Urban Column IV, 1983 -84
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Urban Column I, 1983 - 84
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Urban Columns I-IV (1983 - 84) are a series of four welded steel sculptures created in the early 1980s that were inspired by both the World Trade Center Twin Towers and the stele/stela of the ancient Mayan civilization in Central America.  Each sculpture is constructed as a marker left behind after a great civilization had ceased to exist.  

The construction of the Twin Towers began shortly after I arrived in New York in 1967, the North Tower began in 1968 and the South Tower in 1969.  I became acutely aware of their presence as I watched steelworkers top them off from my studio window in the Vinegar Hill/DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.  At the time, I saw my Urban Column’s as the skeletal remains of all of skyscrapers in downtown New York City after a catastrophic neutron bomb explosion.  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would witness the collapse of both towers on the morning of September 11, 2001 from the rooftop of the building I lived in on the Brooklyn Waterfront.   

 

– Susan Spencer Crowe, January 16, 2002

HAROLD ROTH 
1918 -2001
River-View-from-Cherry-Street-by-Harold-
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(reference-shot)-Manhattan-Skyline-and-L
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Sledding-in-Central-Park-by-Harold-Roth.
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New-York-Skyline-from-Fulton-Ferry-(B&W)
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Lower-East-Side-Stable,-Mangin-St
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Greenwich-Village-Store-by-Harold-Roth
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Forest-Avenue,-The-Bronx-(1937)
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Firemen,-Bleecker-Street
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Circus-Side-Show-by-Harold-Roth
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Big-Snakes-by-Harold-Roth
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Parachute-Jump
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East-River-DIvers-by-Harold-Roth
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Coney-Island-Cyclone
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Luna-Park-(1940)
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Street-Beach
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Boys on East River Pier, Manhattan Bridg
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Boys-on-East-River-Pier-(standing)-(1948
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Water-Street
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Under-the-Hydrant
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Perrier Vintage by Harold Roth_edited
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Brooklyn-Bridge-(1945)
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Empire-State-Building
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(reference shot) Flatiron Building (1946
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DIgital Card-Layout-WEB SPLASH PAGE
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