Yaacov Agam is commissioned in 1970 to create a sculpture that will welcome students and visitors to the Julliard School in New York. The model of the sculpture was presented at a fundraising concert event raising money for the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, according to the New York Times.
The transformable sculpture, “Three Times Three Interplay” is installed in the Paul Milstein Plaza of the school.
Agam said the five-ton stainless steel sculpture is intended to be “performed” by moving the branches of the tree to varying positions, reported the New York Times on page 56 of its May 5, 1971 edition. The sculpture’s donor George Jaffin said the gift to the school was in honor of its warm welcome of Israeli students.
New York Mayor Lindsay said the sculpture “made the city brighter” because it offered “one more place of renewal of the spirit, one more moment of quiet reflection, one more opportunity of cultural adventure in which we can share in the insight of a talented artist,” the Times reported.
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