LES Architecture / by John McGurk

        A unique building that turns out to be the studio of Walter De Maria. 

        A unique building that turns out to be the studio of Walter De Maria. 

Walking on East 6th Street, one will encounter a strange looking building at 421 East 6th Street, between 1st Avenue and Avenue A.  Why is it that artist's always find the coolest space around town to inhabit?  It is pretty much a universal truth in whatever city you visit: artists search out and create homes in the greatest and most underutilized spaces around. 

                                          Shot of interior of space. 

                                          Shot of interior of space. 

Built in the 1920's 421 East 6th Street was the home to the notable and respected artist Walter De Maria, who recently passed away.  Apparently the space was put up for sale and purchased by the collector Peter Brant.  It may be safe to assume that his foundation may keep the building "as is" and use it as their NYC branch for exhibitions and installations.  Currently the foundation has a great place out in Greenwich, CT.  It would make a good space for his art foundation to do such a thing in the city. 

De Maria was famous for his minimalist sculpture and installation work.  As such things go, he originally moved into the building in 1980.  The photos above shows the beautiful setting of his work and the space together. and below an image of one his more famous works called "The Lightning Field":

                              Lightning Field installation.

                              Lightning Field installation.