New concrete bollards showed up late last month in front of the main Lincoln Center plaza as a temporary safety measure designed to thwart attacks.
Lincoln Center isn’t the only institution adding obstacles like bollards. The JCC on 76th and Amsterdam has had cylindrical metal barriers in front of the building for years, and the city installed new concrete barriers last year on the Hudson River Greenway path following a terrorist attack where the assailant drove a truck into bicyclists.
But the Lincoln Center bollards are somewhat different. They’re in the middle of an iconic campus, whose architecture is a major draw for tourists. So the arts institution took special care to try to make them blend in. A Lincoln Center spokeswoman sent the following statement.
“Lincoln Center remains vigilant about creating a safe and beautiful campus environment. This installation of temporary bollards is designed to help keep the campus even more secure from the types of attacks we’ve seen elsewhere in recent years.
These temporary concrete bollards, designed by the team who helped us with our earlier redevelopment, were created thoughtfully and will be in place as we explore permanent options. The form and placement tap into Lincoln Center’s DNA, relating to existing design elements such as the steel canopy supports that flank the steps, as well as the sculptural facades of Geffen Hall and Koch Theater. Subtle creases and facets create a play of light and shadow that enrich the form and diminish the mass. The color of the faceted form was derived from the painted steel canopy supports. Their shape and placement encourage gathering and informal seating.”
Thanks to Bobby Panza for the photos.