'LIFE,' A New Monument at NewYork-Presbyterian, Pays Tribute to Human Existence

Jul 3, 2019

New York

Life monument

LIFE, a monument consisting of two sculptures, 10 and 18 feet high, stands firmly outside the entrance of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Department on East 68th Street.

LIFE is composed of a series of steel rings with different heights and radiuses assembled on top of each other, shifting from the vertical axis to create two dynamic and iconic shapes. While appearing visually unstable, the two towers maintain their internal stability.

LIFE was created by Antonio Pio Saracino, an internationally acclaimed Italian architect and designer, who designs buildings, monuments and products. According to Saracino, LIFE is fragile and vulnerable, yet strong and resilient. It is about finding that unique balance between inner and outer forces that unfold during our existence. Several of his designs are part of the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Art and Design, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.

Saracino has received two American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Museum of Architecture. His work was selected as part of the Italian Pavilion in the World for the 54th Venice Biennale. He is a four-time winner of Interior Design’s Future Furniture design award, was named one of the world’s 25 Most Interesting Trendsetters by ARTnews and was recognized as one of the Top Ten Italian Architects by New Italian Blood.

The monument was underwritten by an anonymous donor.

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