Sculptor Makes History as First Black Artist to Have Permanent Sculpture in Midtown Manhattan

Making history in the arts, sculptor Jordan Baker-Caldwell is shaking things up with his next piece.

A New York native himself, Jordan will be the first African-American artist to have a permanent metal sculpture in Midtown Manhattan next month [August 2016]. In conjunction with the Hell’s Kitchen/Hudson Yards Alliance, Jordan’s nine-foot tall sculpture “Ascension” will be installed after two years of production.

Jordan Baker-Caldwell, photo by Hollis King

In a press release, the piece is described as “a large tubular form made of weathering steel that appears to be standing on its edge. The seemingly precarious way the piece rests challenges the viewer’s sense of spatial awareness, creating a quiet moment of contemplation amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.”

Jordan Baker-Caldwell’s sculpture “Ascension” will be installed Tuesday, August 9th on the corner of 36th Street and 9th Avenue.