Friday, March 20, 2015
Nearly 1 year later, Peter Cooper starting to emerge from his box
[File photo via NYC Parks]
Workers boxed up Augustus Saint-Gaudens' sculpture of Cooper Union founder Peter Cooper last April ... for safekeeping during the ongoing Astor Place-Cooper Square reconstruction project.
EVG reader Katie B. has been keeping tabs on the boxed Cooper, which overlooks the Cooper Triangle Park ... and notes that he is slowly starting to emerge from underneath the plywood...
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Eventually the Park, which closed in November 2013, will look like this...with new seating and plantings as well as upgraded lighting (minus the ghosts probably)...
As for the statue, the official dedication took place on May 29, 1897. Check out the NYC Parks website here for more background.