Bronx News Network, 05/23/11
'Aurora' Sculpture in West Farms Square Comes Down

By Jeanmarie Evelly | web link

Something is conspicuously missing now from West Farms Square, the pedestrian plaza underneath the No. 2 and 5 train subway platform at the corner of East Tremont Avenue and Boston Road.

A hulking wooden sculpture that's been on display in the center of the square's brick circle for nearly two years was de-installed on Saturday, to make room for another public art piece to be erected in the same spot over the next few months.

"Aurora," an unpainted wooden abstract by Mexican-born artist Diego Medina, stood over 14 feet tall and was inspired, the artist said, by the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1930 poem, “La Aurora de Nueva York” (Dawn in New York).

The sculpture was installed by the Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) and the Department of Transportation in August 2009, part of the DOT's "UrbanART" program. BRAC says a new piece will replace it in the coming months.

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