Tour: Works by Nikos Bel-Jon, mid-century metal muralist

August 13, 2016, Union City, New Jersey and Manhattan, New York

Organized by Design Nation, led by Brittany Reilly with special guests Rhea Bel-Jon Calkins and Athena DeBonis, daughters of the artist; this walking tour included interior visits to three sites, otherwise inaccessible to the public, exemplifying the mid-20th century art of Bel-Jon in the form of residential experience, cultural contribution and corporate commission. The tour, the first of its kind dedicated to Mr. Bel-Jon's work, commemorated the 50th anniversary of his death and celebrated his impact and influence.

 

Sites Included and pictured:

Troy Towers (Union City NJ), metal and mosaic murals (1966)

Building: Erwin Gerber & A. Pancani, 1966

 

Greek Consulate General (W 79th St NY), brushed aluminum mural (1964)

Building: Carrere and Hastings, 1908 - redesigned by Pierre Laerte Zannettos, 1962

 

Pfizer Corporate Headquarters (E 42nd St NY), metal and mosaic mural (1960)

With Barry Winiker, Global Curator, Pfizer

Building: Emery Roth and Sons,1961