Francois Stahly

German-French, b. 1911, Constance, Germany; d. 2006, Paris, France
Francois Stahly


It was Francois Stahly’s open sculpture environment designed for Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller’s private estate that led to him receiving the commission for the Empire State Plaza Art Collection. While at first glance, the 39-foot central tower and 50 outer-lying assemblies of Labyrinth appear to be constructed from mass-produced units, the work consists of 230 individually hand-carved wooden pieces made from Iroko wood. Located in the southeast corner of the Empire State Plaza, Labyrinth offers respite and a moment of calm as viewers are encouraged to walk around its pathways and enter an alternative, contemplative environment.



Francois Stahly, Labrynth


Title: Labyrinth
Date: 1970-71
Medium: iroko wood
Dimensions: 468 x 840 x 2160 (length) inches
Accession Number: P70.4.1
Location: Outdoor Plaza









Empire State Plaza Art Collection


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