This 6 x 6-inch ceramic tile commemorates the centennial of The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Beaux-Arts landmark on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. Each museum-quality, bas-relief sculpted stoneware tile is handmade, glazed, and fired by Frank Giorgini in the United States.
The Library’s most identifiable icons are its beloved lions, Patience and Fortitude. They have been standing guard at The New York Public Library for a century. This commemorative tile depicts depicts Patience (the southerly lion) perched on a book in front of the facade of the Schwarzman Building. Each tile is hand-dipped in the glaze, so there are slight variations in the green bronze patina from tile to tile.
This limited first edition of 300 numbered tiles is truly collectible.
Frank Giorgini is one of the foremost ceramic artists working in the United States today. In 1995 he received the prestigious Tile Heritage Foundation's Tile Heritage Award. His best-selling book, Handmade Tiles (Lark Books, 1994), explains his innovative tile fabrication, glazing, and decoration techniques, which have become the standard of the handmade-tile profession. Giorgini is recognized as one of the most collectible contemporary tile artists.
Frank Giorgini’s artwork is in private and public collections in the United States, including the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and abroad. He has been awarded several public art commissions for the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority's Arts for Transit program. His custom-made public pieces are on display in the Whitehall Street subway station (New York, NY), the Utica Avenue subway station (Brooklyn, NY), and the Downtown Flushing Pedestrian Project, Lippmann Plaza (Queens, NY).
Photographs of Mr. Giorgini and the tile: Courtesy Dmitri Belyi.
Item Number: TILE2011