THE CUBE, A RELATIVELY SMALL YET EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SCULPTURE
The Alamo, popularly called "The Cube", has been a fixture at Astor Place and the Western reaches of the East Village. In this video, the men who are pushing it had been doing a video piece for a story. I asked them to do me a favor and push it for me when they were done; interestingly, they didn't know that you could do that, and they thought I just wanted them to pose in "pushing" stances. So for them this was a revelation that this large metal piece, balanced on one point moved!
In the video some ancient local history is mentioned. To give more details, the Native Americans who lived in Manhattan at that time had an ancient pathway that went from the island's southern tip, heading up what is now Bowery to the point that The Cube is; they'd turn west through Astor Place, to the direction of Ganesvoort Street, which was the closest approach by canoe to the New Jersey shore, or East to a village called Shepmoes, where a large cornfield was. That area is now where Tompkins Square Park and Stuyvesant town are located.