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26 of the Most Fascinating Public Sculptures

Located in New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park is Bridge Over Tree, a sculptural installation designed by Iranian-born, Minneapolis-based artist Siah Armajani. The work was first shown as a temporary sculpture in Minneapolis in 1970, and is now on view for the public for the first time in nearly 50 years. It comprises a 91-foot-long bridge and a set of stairs at the sculpture’s midpoint. These stairs send visitors up and down over a small evergreen tree. The sculpture was designed to force complete strangers to pass, interact, and cooperate with one another when passing the center of the structure. In a moment of heated political disagreement, finding common ground with any stranger is a welcome change.

26 of the Most Fascinating Public Sculptures

From Marseilles to Melbourne, Vancouver to New York City, AD surveys the world’s most powerful public sculptures

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest