Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant: Cast Reliefs – Queens NY

City:
Long Island City, New York City, Queens, NY

Site Type:
Art Works, Sculpture and Bas Relief

New Deal Agencies:
Work Relief Programs, Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Completed:
1939

Artist:
Cesare Stea

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

In 1939 the Works Progress Administration (WPA) commissioned a set of four cast reliefs for inclusion on the facade of the then-new Bowery Bay Pumping Station in Queens, New York. The works, which depict men at work engaging in sewage management jobs, were created by Cesare Stea and still grace the front of the building along Berrian Blvd.

Source notes

Bruce I. Bustard, A New Deal for the Arts (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997), 57.

"The Social and the Real: Political Art of the 1930s in the Western Hemisphere," Penn State Press, 2006 (pg. 121).

Site originally submitted by Evan Kalish on May 3, 2022.

Location Info


4301 Berrian Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11105

Coordinates: 40.77860, -73.89432

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One comment on “Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant – Queens NY

  1. Mary Woodyard

    4/15/18. I just walked by this site today. And was struck by the magnificent bas-reliefs . There are two of them, flanking the boarded up door. They are on a building at the site that appears to be derelict now. The main wastewater treatment plant being off to the west. I have nice fresh pictures of both bas-reliefs. And of the building from more of a distance. But I don’t see any way to upload these.

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  1. Mary Woodyard

    4/15/18. I just walked by this site today. And was struck by the magnificent bas-reliefs . There are two of them, flanking the boarded up door. They are on a building at the site that appears to be derelict now. The main wastewater treatment plant being off to the west. I have nice fresh pictures of both bas-reliefs. And of the building from more of a distance. But I don’t see any way to upload these.

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