Zuccotti Park Celebrates 7th Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street with a Rose by Isa Genzken




Rose III by German artist Isa Genzken

It’s been seven years since Zuccotti Park was filled with the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street, which began on September 17, 2011.  In remembrance of the event, Brookfield Properties installed the artwork, Rose III, blooming in the northwest corner of the Park.

Interspersed among the current installation, Rose III, are images taken during Occupy Wall Street in 2011.

Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park in 2011

The 26-foot tall Rose III, which is forged from painted steel, is the third in a series of Rose sculptures by artist Isa Genzken, with the original Rose commissioned and installed in 1993 at a private residence in Baden-Baden, Germany ~ and a second edition permanently installed at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.

Rose II was Ms. Genzken’s first public sculpture in New York and was installed at the New Museum from 2010 to 2013. It was then acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the sculpture garden.

Occupy Wall Street 2011 Zuccotti Park

Rose III is on long-term loan to the City of New York and Brookfield Property from Ms. Lonti Ebers, art collector and patron, and whose husband is Brookfield’s CEO. The installation is in celebration and remembrance of the Occupy Wall Street event.  “I bought the work and then thought about how it might go downtown,” she said.

Occupy Wall Street, 2011, Zuccotti Park

Ms. Genzken is no stranger to New York, having unveiled her creation entitled Two Orchards at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza for the Public Art Fund in 2015.

Isa Genzken at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in 2015 via Public Art Fund


A close-up of Rose III, in the northwest corner of Zuccotti Park
Occupy Wall Street 2011 in Zuccotti Park
Occupy Wall Street 2011 in Zuccotti Park

Mayor Bloomberg had police raid the encampment in Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011, clearing the Park of all Occupy Wall Street protesters.