Painted Missle Nose Cones for the Battery Park Art Show

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs presented a temporary display of public art in Battery Park for two weeks in October 1971. Terry Fugate-Wilcox spread fifteen fiberglass missile nose cones, procured from a salvage-and-surplus shop on Canal Street, across the grass lawn. Visitors to the park were encouraged to touch the surfaces of these three-foot-tall parabolic objects, whose top layer of silver paint would eventually rub off to reveal bright colors underneath. The photograph here shows these works on the roof of the artist’s building.