Explore Battery Park City’s renowned twentieth and twenty-first century public art collection. Set in a spectacular waterfront landscape with a backdrop of soaring skyscrapers, the collection offers a special arts experience. In the early 1980s, the Battery Park City Fine Arts Committee envisioned an environment in which public art is completely integrated into the site. In a unique collaboration, the artist, architect, and landscape architect all worked together from the earliest stages of planning. The tour begins with the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place by Siah Armajani, M. Paul Friedberg, and Scott Burton, the first public artwork in BPC’s collection. Next, students will see Pylons by the U.S. representative at the Venice Biennale, Martin Puryear, and Ned Smyth’s Upper Room, R.M. Fischer’s Rector Gate, and Richard Artschwager’s Sitting/Stance. In addition to talking about the content, materials, and style of the sculptures, we will discuss the variety of choices made about the location of the artworks and relationship to the environment.