John Ahearn’s Life-like Sculptures Grace South Bronx Buildings

August 23, 2012

"John Ahearn public art"

A native of Binghamton, New York, noted sculptor John Ahearn gained recognition in the 80’s for his remarkably life-like, colorful casts of residents of the South Bronx — the community in which he chose to live and work.  We recently sighted two of his astonishing installations — fashioned in collaboration with Rigoberto Torres — on the exterior walls of two South Bronx buildings. A homage to the community, these pieces transform both the buildings and their surrounding landscape into a celebration of local life.

Intervale Avenue at Kelly Street, “Double Dutch”

"John Ahearn public art"

Dawson Street at Longwood Avenue, “Life on Dawson Street”

Photos by Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky

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Deb Dawson April 5, 2015 at 1:12 am

I’ve been spring cleaning and came across a New Yorker from 1992 that I don’t remember reading. It has a great article about John Ahearn’s sculptures which are fantastic! Love them. (And the ones on this site) Tell John that he has a new Vancouver (Canada) fan.

Deb Dawson


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