Philanthropy

Michael Bloomberg Gave 75 Million Dollars To An Arts Center

The structure had its first "moving" reveal last week.
IMAGE COURTESY OF DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO IN COLLABORATION WITH ROCKWELL GROUP
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At the intersection of the High Line and Hudson Yards, The Shed, New York's first retractable structure, is beginning to take shape. The building's purpose? A shed's definition: shelter for storage including tools. But this time, that shelter has infinite sizing options via its movable shell; and this time, that toolkit is for artists.

On Wednesday May 24th, the multi-arts center welcomed 500 artists, fashion designers, and cultural leaders to tour the building's construction site. The reveal party also featured a display of the full expansion of its eight-million-pound outer shell, which layers above the fixed structure.

"Mike Bloomberg only gave us two instructions," announced Shed President and Board Chairman Daniel Doctoroff, "He said—and Mike never sets a low bar—to make it unlike anything else anywhere in the world. And second, it should be an institution that helps to ensure that New York remains on the edge culturally, because he believed that the Far West Side was that new edge of New York."

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Founding artistic director and CEO Alex Poots

At the event, Doctoroff celebrated the announcement of Bloomberg's $75-million donation toward the construction of the shed. The philanthropist's gift brings the art center's total amount of raised money to $421 million of its $500 million goal.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, the shed is slated to open in 2019.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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