Astor Cube Artist Tony Rosenthal, RIP

Posted on: August 4th, 2009 at 6:33 am by

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[Photo via Betty Blade]

Over the weekend, Tony Rosenthal, the artist who designed the Astor Place Cube (nicknamed Alamo), passed away at the age of 94.  The cube is an East Village icon, and still remains a magnet for stickers, post-ups, and other assorted graffiti.  However, the unique rotating sculpture is not exclusive to New York.

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The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has an identical extremely similar cube on campus.  Nicknamed Endover, this version was donated by the Class of 1965 and installed in 1968, just a year after its Gotham sibling.  According to Wikipedia, the only difference between the two is the pivot point – Alamo has a separate platform at the base, while Endover has a sunken pivot.

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