Coins in the Concrete
Apr 12, 2012
On April 5, 2012, Museum director Adam Weinberg, Whitney senior staff, and the new building team gathered for an informal ceremony to commemorate the pouring of the concrete foundation for the Whitney’s new building in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.
As the concrete was poured, the group threw coins down into the foundation. Now embedded into the foundation, the coins will bring good luck and prosperity as construction continues to 2015.
Since groundbreaking in May 2011, the project has progressed significantly. After months of clearing and excavating the site where industrial buildings once stood, crews drove I-beams and enormous cylindrical steel casings deep into the ground. The casings were then filled with concrete, becoming critical structural elements to support the foundations and the steel structure that will go up next. Finally, the new Whitney is beginning to emerge from a muddy hole in the ground!
By: Elizabeth Pisano, Education Intern