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Look Up! The Upper Westside Faces in Stone
September 10, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
LW! is on a quest to find the hidden-in-plain-sight faces, figures, gargoyles and grotesques that embellish so many of our historic buildings. And we’ve found just the man to lead this adventure — architect and photographer Robert Arthur King, who is the eye and the lens behind the books Faces in Stone; Animals in Stone; and Figures in Stone.
Live on Zoom ~ Free for LW Members!
Landmark West! is on a quest to find the hidden-in-plain-sight faces, figures, gargoyles and grotesques that embellish so many of our historic buildings. And have we found just the man to lead this adventure — architect and photographer Robert Arthur King, who is the eye and the lens behind the books Faces in Stone; Animals in Stone; and Figures in Stone (W.W. Norton).
King is also the subject of filmmaker Vivian Ducat‘s highly acclaimed short documentary, Stonefaced, about his photography of overlooked NYC architecture. The director joins Robert Arthur King on the live Zoom and will additionally present a special screening of the film as part of this program.
King’s photos are themselves acts of preservation, capturing all the glorious details of the fantastical beings carved out of stone or molded in terra-cotta that enliven the facades of New York’s – and other historic city’s – buildings. So many of these pieces sit high atop their buildings; this is your chance to view them up-close and learn just where to find these incredible works.
“How exciting is it to discover a face on a building?” asks King. Come discover for yourself!
Robert Arthur King FAIA, is an architect who specializes in rehabilitation and preservation projects. He is additionally a photographer, designer, writer, and for almost three decades has been a favorite professor of students at the New York School of Interior Design.
Photos on this page courtesy of Robert Arthur King
Vivian Ducat spent over twenty years traveling the world, making television documentaries for the BBC and PBS. In 2011, she went back to long-format filmmaking, producing two feature documentaries, All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert and Stonefaced. While at Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures from 2001-2007, Ducat was trained in the practice of museum media, including touch screen kiosks, exhibition websites and short films and she has produced works for institutions including the National Park Service, the New-York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, Columbia University and others.