NEW YORK – Based in New York City, Italian architect and designer Antonio Pio Saracino was recently commissioned with the design of two public sculptures, depicting lengendary civic heros, to be erected in Midtown Manhattan. Nearly 4-m-high, both statues – one in marble and the other in mirror-polished stainless steel – frame the north and south entrance of the public plaza at 1095 Avenue of the Americas.

The Guardians appears to be typical of Saracino’s work as it skillfully combines digitally-generated architectural compositions with a striking innovative image. Acting as a symbol of Italy’s cultural heritage in the United States, the public art project – a gift from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs celebrating the friendship that unites both countries – was widely inspired by Michelangelo’s David. The sculptures stand as strong anthropomorphic protectors from the past, watching over the people of New York City.

The designer further says: ‘The sculptures soar upward through a system of repeated planes of marble and polished stainless steel plates to address the surrounding skyscraper architecture. The materials that form the figures are stacked, creating an outline that suggests the movement of the figures within their environment.’

Photos Antonio Pio Saracino and Stephen Smith