Ken Hiratsuka’s ‘One Line’ Art Removed from East Houston Sidewalk

Posted on: June 9th, 2022 at 5:08 am by

Photo: Clayton Patterson

Out with the old, as they say.

With the conversion, and subsequent makeover, of 250 East Houston from Red Square to anemia, a relatively forgotten piece of artwork was just destroyed.

Four years ago, we wondered what would become of the “One Line” artwork by sculptor Ken Hiratsuka, embedded in the concrete since the 1980s. Now we have the answer.

The sidewalk was replaced earlier this week, erasing the decades-old piece from existence. Clayton Patterson was there to document the moment.

Photo: Abdiel Munoz

Nearly six years ago, the Dermot Company purchased the former Red Square for $100 million from Michael Rosen. The residential complex was further upscaled in the interim, and whitewashed into submission.

The Rosen family ultimately retained ownership over approximately 23,000 square-feet of the commercial stretch. And with it, a new six-story development in the wings.

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