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Cracked Ice


Del Geist

A large boulder supported by diagonal metal poles against the backdrop of skyscrapers.

Broadway, 39th & 40th
November 30, 2023 - May 15, 2023
Garment District Plaza

Large boulders are raised into the air like pebbles by ancient glaciers, but for how much longer?

Created by by artist Del Deist, Cracked Ice features three towering structures of stone and stainless steel, symbolizing a massive boulder suspended by the remnants of an ancient glacier, now shrinking from the gradual melting of ice over time.

The unique structures serve as a metaphorical tribute to New York’s ever-changing history, both physically and symbolically, and offer compelling commentary on the impact of global warming on the planet. Del Geist worked with Bill Lyle of Lyle Welding, to fabricate the sculptures.

A sign in the foreground for CRACKED ICE. Behind it is a sculpture featuring a large boulder supported by diagonal metal poles

Located on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets, the free installation invites viewers to reflect on the dynamic forces of nature and profound impact of climate change and will be available to the public through March 2024. 

The installation was made possible by a partnership with The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, who have been collaborating with the GDA to bring art to the public in our neighborhood for nearly 20 years. 

A large boulder supported by diagonal metal poles

With more than 40 years of experience, Del Geist draws inspiration from natural sciences to craft site-specific artwork worldwide. Through his works, he seeks to capture the true spirit of the area by drawing on the unique qualities inherent to each place, fostering viewers’ sensory experiences. Del Geist’s environmental artwork has been exhibited in England, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, South Korea, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Canada, and throughout the United States.  

artist Del Geist standsbehind a smaller sculpture featuring a large boulder supported by diagonal metal poles

The installation is part of Garment District Art on the Plazas, a year-round public art program made possible through the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program (DOT Art). The Garment District Alliance and DOT Art work closely to coordinate and install exhibits and individual pieces, which enhance public plazas and make them even more welcoming to New Yorkers and visitors.