NYC: Group of Four Trees and Skyline
Group of Four Trees was commissioned by David Rockefeller and The Chase Manhattan Bank in 1969. It was Jean Dubuffet’s first public commission in the United States, and remains one of the largest public sculptures in New York City. A continuation of the Hourloupe series of paintings and drawings begun in 1962, the work is made up visually of multiple cells that connect objects, places, and figures. The viewer is meant to enter the image and merge the imaginary with the real. The placements of Dubuffet’s organic forms on Chase Manhattan Plaza creates tension between their rough simplicity and the angular buildings surrounding them, providing a comic forest within the architectural canyons of Wall Street.