Anish Kapoor’s bean sculpture nears completion at 56 Leonard Street in Tribeca, Manhattan

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Work is nearing completion on Anish Kapoor’s reflective “bean” sculpture at the base of 56 Leonard Street, an 831-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Tribeca. The artwork sits just outside the main lobby of the tower, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Hill West Architects and opened in 2017.

When we last updated in November, the amorphous metal sculpture was covered in a protective white plastic film. This has since been mostly peeled away, giving a better impression of how the piece will look in the end. Only a few square plots remain covering the exterior, and sidewalk scaffolding still surrounds the sculpture. The adjacent retail space bordering Church Street is still available for lease.

56 Leonard Street. Photo by Michael Young

56 Leonard Street. Photo by Michael Young

56 Leonard Street. Photo by Michael Young

56 Leonard Street. Photo by Michael Young

The extreme reflectivity reflects the surrounding skyscrapers around 56 Leonard Street.

56 Leonard Street. Photo by Michael Young

56 Leonard Street. Photo by Michael Young

Anish Kapoor’s artwork swells towards the pavements and slightly upwards to reach the height of the second floor, while the rest is tucked under two corners of the ground floor’s cantilevered ceiling.

56 Leonard Street. Photo by Michael Young

56 Leonard Street. Photo by Michael Young

Some equipment remains behind sidewalk barriers but should be released soon. Click here to see what the site looked like when we last updated it at the end of November.

56 Leonard Street. Photo by Michael Young

56 Leonard Street. Photo by Michael Young

No completion date has been announced, although this summer seems likely.

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