East 155th Street
and Melrose Avenue

David Saunders
Firehat, 1988
aluminum relief
Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program
New York City Fire Department

David Saunders' Firehat, positioned on the southwest corner of the firehouse for Engine Company 41, Ladder Company 5 and Search Light Unit, is a relief sculpture. A half-inch aluminum line defines the contour of a firehat placed against a fireman's shield. Reflecting the sunlight, this metal drawing casts a bold linear shadow on the wall. Firehat serves not only as a sign announcing the purpose of the building, it also is an homage to the daily work of a firefighter.

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