Last call to vote for Battery Park’s next chair

Downtown Express photos by Dusica Sue Malesevic

Downtown Express photos by Dusica Sue Malesevic

First there were 679. Then there were 50. Now there are five. Soon there will be one. After over two years, the Battery Conservancy will crown its new chair that will be placed in Battery Park’s Oval, currently under construction.

A call for chair designs rang out on July 31, 2012, and creators from 15 countries submitted 679 plans. That was whittled down to 50 and then to five, which have been on display in Castle Clinton National Monument since July of this year. The public has been encouraged to vote for the chair they like best. So far, over 3,000 votes have been cast, according to the Battery Conservancy. Voting remains open until Oct. 10.

The five chairs — the Fleurt, U Rock, Maple, Pivot and South Chairs — were designed by people from the United States, Canada and Brazil, and were made from “durable, lightweight and recyclable materials.” The winner, which will be announced on Oct. 15, will receive $10,000 and see their creation produced.

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