By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, May 26, 2022
Photo courtesy of Alex Stein
World-renowned plaster artist Jan Hooss has installed a custom stucco art installation in the lobby of 180 East 88th Street, a new condo tower designed by Joe McMillan’s DDG. Inspired by an architectural style widely used on the Upper East Side at the beginning of the 20th century, the art piece “fuses a rococo design with a whimsically modern aesthetic,” according to a press release. The stucco sculpture sits above the vaulted lobby’s fireplace, contrasting its flowing, water-like quality with the fire below.
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By Michelle Cohen, Mon, October 16, 2017
CityRealty previously reported on the highly anticipated–and visually unique–skyscraper rising at 180 East 88th Street. Developers DDG want the 50-story condominium tower to stand apart from the sea of glass towers rising on the Upper East Side, and renderings show that the building’s design is indeed a breathtaking departure from the average both inside and out, from herringbone-patterned brickwork to each unit’s herringbone floors imported from Austria. As an example of the project’s unmatched level of individuality and attention to detail, DDG is working with a series of artists, including the renowned stucco artist Jan Hooss, who is creating an intricate plasterwork installation above the fireplace that will anchor the building’s lobby. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, the artist has worked with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at Chateau Miraval. DDG CEO Joseph McMillan told CityRealty, “We wanted something unique and different for this building which is why we went with stucco art.”
Watch a video of the artist describing his work for Brad Pitt and for the new building