[Photo via an EVG reader]
As we first reported on Sunday, The Alamo returns to Astor Place tomorrow. (The Parks Department now says the cube won't return until August. See below.)
Ahead of that, though, the first of Jim Power's mosaic lamp posts was just put in place today... ahead of the August date previously reported.
The city removed them in October 2014 to make way for the redesign of the Astor Place-Cooper Square area. There was talk that the poles would not come back, and Power even set out to destroy them himself.
As DNAinfo reported in May: "But after an outpouring of interest at community workshops, advocacy work from neighborhood groups, and an extensive petitioning process, the Mosaic Man’s art will live on in the plaza."
In total, seven of the light poles will again adorn Astor Place.
[Image via @AstorPlaceNYC]
Updated 2:45 p.m.
The Parks Department is now saying that the Alamo won't return until August. Per amNY:
Although there were fliers posted in the Village that gave a June 22 date for the art piece’s re-installation, the agency said it is being inspected by a conservator for final preparation.
“NYC Parks has historically contributed its expertise to the upkeep of the Cube,” Parks spokeswoman Maeri Ferguson said in a statement.
Given that this is still a very active work zone, the pole has been wrapped in protective, uh, wrapping...