Javits Federal Building Plaza Hosts NYC Summer Streets TILT Brass Performance

The first public event held at the newly renovated Jacob K. Javits Federal Building Plaza in lower Manhattan took place on a sunny Saturday in August and was a great success.  Collaborating with the NYC Department of Transportation Summer Streets program, GSA welcomed the 12-piece compliment of a Brooklyn-based experimental music group, TILT Brass, to perform on the plaza.

The special program, called Presencing Piece No. 1, was conceived by composer and trombonist Chris McIntyre as a collaborative, site-specific sonic experience designed for the Javits Building Plaza.  The musicians and amplifiers were positioned around the plaza in locations to enhance and accentuate its physical and intangible properties.  The group was inspired by artist Richard Serra’s site-specific sculpture, “Tilted Arc”, which occupied Federal Plaza in the 1980’s.  McIntyre’s “Presencing Piece” aimed to create a dialogue between the present and past of the site.

DOT’s Summer Streets program is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—its streets. On several consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC's streets were opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Through its outleasing and permitting process, GSA provides for use of its public spaces for cultural activities and more.

Photos courtesy of the NYC Department of Transportation

Last Reviewed 2016-02-02